27 October 2009,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 3,250
GBP 2,000 - GBP 3,000
A SASSANIAN SILVER FORK AND SPOON
CIRCA 6TH-7TH CENTURY A.D.
The two pronged fork with stylized foliate cuff extending to a six-sided shaft with animal head terminal, the spoon with shallow bowl, similar shaft and animal head terminal
7 in. (18 cm.) and 7½ in. (19 cm.) long respectively (2)
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Cf. D. Sherlock, 'Roman Forks', The Archaeological Journal, 164, 2007, p. 256, no. C1, for a similar fork in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, Washington, D.C.
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