Silver, partially engraved, silver-gilt, and rock crystal
7 7/8 x 13/16 x 9/16 in. (20 x 2.1 x 1.4 cm)
Gift of Dr. Louis R. Slattery, 1980
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 14
Graceful design, fine workmanship, and costly materials transform this essentially utilitarian implement into a luxury object of striking elegance. As forks were rarely used for eating until the 16th century, this example was probably used for serving sweetmeats or other delicacies. It is uncertain whether the unusual polyhedral terminus has a functional or symbolic purpose.
Johannes Jantzen, Bremen ; [ Blumka Gallery, New York] ; Dr. Louis R. Slattery, New York (until 1980)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Notable Acquisitions, 1979-1980 (Metropolitan Museum of Art) (1980). p. 26.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "One Hundred Tenth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1979, through June 30, 1980." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 110 (1980). p. 41.
Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 267, pp. 214–15.