Spoons of this type were used as scoops to extract cosmetics from flasks, boxes and small pots. The fine work and delicate details shown in this beautiful example of Roman everyday items demonstrate the mastery that Ancient Romans had in working the bronze. Putting makeup on was a highly elaborate process in Ancient Roman times, as all the cosmetics had to be prepared beforehand, mixed and then applied with an hourly recurrence, hence being a prerogative of the wealthy. Items such as this one offer us an interesting insight on daily life in the ancient times.
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