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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Bronze dipper ladle handle ending with the head of an oryx.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 5thC BC-1stC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 19.8 centimetres
    • Diameter: 0.8 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    See also BM 1930,0613.25 = 122029; 1930,0613.24 = 122028; 1930,0613.23 = 122027 (Simpson ed. 2002, pp. 109, cat. 123). Dipper ladles were introduced across the Near East during the Achaemenid period. The were part of metal drinking sets; the ladels were used to scoop wine into drinking bowls. This form of ladel dates between the fifth century BC and the first century AD. A miniature ladel is amongst the miniature bronze dedicatory objects in the collection (BM 1985,0223.142); slightly larger miniature ladels have been found at the cemetery at Timna (Cleveland 1965: 125, 127, pl. 93). A similar example is on display in the Archaeology Department Museum at the University of Sana'a'; others have been found in the wadi Dura (Breton and Bafaqih 1993: 29, figs. 32, 35-38).


  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition


  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Collected between 1961-1967.

  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number



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