Spoon or ligula

Culture: Roman

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: Other: 4 5/16 in. (11 cm)

Classification: Bronzes

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1917

Accession Number: 17.230.110


This type of bronze ligula is found in enormous numbers in a great variety. It was used for extracting ointment, balsams, and powders from tubes and boxes. The ligula is not, strictly speaking, a surgical instrument, although it was used by physicians for applying medicament to affected areas on the body.