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Fork with Animal Hoof Finial (Ornament)

Fork with Animal Hoof Finial (Ornament)

300s

Silver

Overall: 14.5 cm (5 11/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1952.7

Fun Fact

In the 10th century, forks like this one were common in Byzantium. During this same period in Western Europe, people usually ate with their fingers, thinking that forks were decadent.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Byzantine
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Metalwork
Medium: 
Silver

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