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Waxing Lyrical…..Roman Toilet Spoon

21 February 2019

Look what we’ve just unearthed...

Toilet spoons (normally made from cast or sheet copper alloy) are one of the most commonly occurring items of cosmetic equipment recovered from Roman sites. Whilst those with narrow cupped spoons have been interpreted as ear scoops, the majority were most likely used to remove cosmetics from vessels or to push back nail cuticles. They were manufactured throughout the Roman period.