Naukratis: Greeks in Egypt

Alexandra Villing, Marianne Bergeron, Giorgos Bourogiannis, Alan Johnston, François Leclère, Aurélia Masson and Ross Thomas

With Daniel von Recklinghausen, Jeffrey Spencer, Valerie Smallwood, Virginia Webb and Susan Woodford

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Offering spoons


Aurélia Masson

The offering spoons of Naukratis are a small but coherent group of Egyptian finds from the 26th  early 27th dynasties. Often somewhat misleadingly referred to as cosmetic dishes or toilet spoons, their iconography is directly inspired by the act of offering or the offerings themselves. Their presence and possible production at Naukratis is highly suggestive of Egyptian cultic practices, or at least of a significant element of Egytian material culture at the site during the early Late Period.

Boston, Museum of Fine Arts 88.1047. Offering spoon in the form of a hand holding a mussel-shaped scoop, from Naukratis. Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston