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Spoon: O.4-1984

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery


Maker: Unknown




Bronze. The long curved handle of this petal-shaped spoon has a swallow-tail terminal. The handle is marked with raised lines like sections of a bamboo stem, and widens slightly near the tail end. The metal is very thin and has a brownish-black patina.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Gompertz Gift

Measurements and weight

Length: 32.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1984) by Gompertz, G. St. G. M., Mr and Mrs


Koryo Dynasty
12th Century
13th Century
Circa 1100 - 1300


It is not clear whether this type of spoon was actually used for eating or for some ceremonial purpose. Such spoons have often been found in Koryo tombs together with bronze bowls and chopsticks.

Components of the work

Spoon Bowl Length 11.0 cm Width 3.9 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Patinating : Bronze with brownish-black patina

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.4-1984
Primary reference Number: 16573
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 3 March 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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