Fork with Mule-Head Finial

375–425 CE
Overall: 0.5 x 20.4 cm (3/16 x 8 1/16 in.)
Location: 103 Roman
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This fork served a utilitarian purpose as flatware in antiquity.


This two-tined silver fork has a faceted handle that terminates in a mule head, perhaps a nod to its use for meat— whether cooking, serving, or eating. Forks from the premodern Mediterranean are rare, only known through a small number of surviving examples. Extant forks are relatively large and often bronze, making this silver example still more rare.
Fork with Mule-Head Finial

Fork with Mule-Head Finial

375–425 CE

Italy, Roman

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