Etruscan Bronze Simpulum (Ladle) With Zoomorphic Head Terminal

Item Description

C. 6th century BC

A nice bronze simpulum (ladle) with a round shallow bowl and a long handle, curved at the upper end terminating in an antelope or Ibex headed finial. The simpulum was used to aid the distribution of wine into cups during banquets, as well as to make libations and to taste wines and liquors that would have been poured on the heads of sacrificial victims.

Small chip to one terminal on bowl with green surface deposits and good detail.

Provenance: Ex Suffolk deceased estate. Sold via provincial auction.

Size: 295mm length



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