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.
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
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
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
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)
hand painted image of a man riding a donkey in Egypt
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
designs. I purchased them on my visit to Egypt.
All these spoons also show a number of generic Egyptian images.
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I saw one in Turkey which had been originally made in Egypt.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.
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.
Nice basket spoon picturing the Aswan (Assuan) dam.
This is the first Aswan Dam --not the current Aswan High Dam
Another view of the Assuan Dam (Aswan) with the baby moses inside and
outside of the basket
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
some have gold plating and enamel work.
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
The finial has 5 colored stones mounted on it and the bowl is a
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