A GREEK PARCEL GILT SILVER AND GARNET LADLE
HELLENISTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.
Cast with a shallow bowl, a long strap handle and backward-curving hook terminating in a well-modelled head of a panther, its mouth open revealing fangs, the handle with ridged, concave sides, the ridges extending into coiled volutes, the flat back engraved with a foliate pattern and gilt, a circular cabochon garnet set near the top, a drop-shaped garnet set near the base, the bowl rim off set on the exterior by a horizontal groove and overhanging on the interior
9¼ in. (23.4 cm.) long