EGYPTIAN SPOONS


by Wayne Bednersh


A few years ago, I was able to fulfill a childhood dream of actually visiting the pyramids.
 Although I have visited a number of countries and seen many of the important landmarks around the world,

I can truthfully say that the Egyptian pyramids were indeed AWESOME.

 I do  have authority to say this because I have  also seen and climbed the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon at Teotihuacán outside Mexico City and have also visited the pyramids at Chitchen Itza in Mexico
as well as a number of lesser  known sites  of antiquity.





egyptian pharoahs spoons

Various Pharoah spoons

The third spoon represents King Tut (Tutankhamun). The 1922 discovery of his tomb by Harold Carter sparked
immense public interest in Egypt. I suspect that this spoon dates from that era.
At the finial is a blue 'death mask' of the Pharoah. I believe that it is carved from some type of soft rock mineral.

The images on these spoons are pretty generic so not much discussion of them is necessary

egypt mummy spoons

A number of different types of sarcophagus /  mummy spoons are available. Technically the mummy is the dried body.
Sometimes the sarcophagus opens on hinges to reveal a small silver mummy inside.

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Four spoons showing various Egyptian scenes
The third spoon showing the Luxor may not be silver
The rightmost spoon with a red pharoah head is probably made of bakelite (early type of plastic and highly collectible)
egyptian spoon man donkey
hand painted image of a man riding a donkey in Egypt

egyptian female spoons

There have been a few famous Egyptian females who we find on spoons. Typically Cleopatra and Queen Nefertiti
The last two  spoons features some nice Egyptian silver work with cutout designs. I purchased them  on my visit to Egypt.

All these spoons also show a number of generic Egyptian images.

Egyptian obelisk spoons

Obelisks are huge stone monuments that are decorated with carved images. These are also amazing  and are very tall.
I saw one in Turkey which had been originally made in Egypt. I have absolutely no idea how they could have transported
it in one piece without heavy duty equipment  all those years ago.

Most of these spoons show Hieroglyphic writing which  is like a picture puzzle (rebus). If anyone wants to translate these, please let me know.

egyptian basket  spoons

These spoons have baskets at the finial. Based upon the Biblical story where Moses was placed in a basket and set upon the Nile River.
These baskets are on hinges and they open to reveal a small baby Moses.

egypt aswan dam spoon
Nice basket spoon picturing the Aswan (Assuan) dam.
This is the first Aswan Dam --not the current Aswan High Dam

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Another view of the Assuan Dam (Aswan) with the baby moses inside and outside of the basket

egyptian symbol spoons

These spoons use a variety of  Egyptian symbols. Most of us are familiar with many of these symbols since we have seen them repeatedly.
The one in the middle is known as a Hamsa hand.
The crocodile handle (#3) is cast and is of much lesser quality.

Most of the spoons pictured to this point have been 800 grade silver and some have gold plating and enamel work.

egyptian czech spoon

This is a pretty spoon, but it is NOT silver. It was made in Czechoslavakia and sold into the tourist trade.
It is of very low value.





This is an interesting spoon despite it being of low value (it is not  silver)
The finial has 5 colored stones mounted on it and the bowl is a pseudo  Egyptian coin.

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