Silver Spoons from the Cyprus Treasure

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 03 October 2016

Each spoon in this matching set has a pear-shaped bowl attached by a small disc to an ornate handle. The bowls are decorated with different leaping animals, including a ram, panther, lion, lioness, stag, bear, boar, bull, hare, horse, and mythical griffin. The creatures were probably chosen for their association with hunting, a popular pastime in aristocratic circles. Part of the Cyprus Treasure. At the end of 1800s CE, villagers recovered a remarkable hoard of Byzantine silver while quarrying stone from the ancient ruins of Lambousa, a town on the north coast of Cyprus. The hoard was found near the Acheripoetos Monastery, which was built on the site of an earlier Christian church from 500s CE. The pieces in the Cyprus Treasure may have originally belonged to this church.
Circa 650 CE. Found at Acheripoetos Monastery, Kyrenia, modern-day Nicosia, Cyprus. (The British Museum, London).


About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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