Iran’s Contribution to the World: Early forks, spoons and knives

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By: Badi Badiozamani

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According to the Journal of British Institute of Iranian Studies, Volume III published in 1965 in Iran, two very beautifully proportioned silver spoons were found in 1964 in Iran belonging to the second half of the 5th century B.C. One spoon has a duck or swan’s head handle.  The other, a zoomorphic handle ending in a cloven hoof. The same publication noted that among Achaemenian works of art, other spoons or ladles terminating in swan’s handles had been recovered.

Also according to Byzantine and Christian sources, the Iranian nobility in Sassanian times, had special knives to serve fruit with and used gold forks and spoons and special gold cups at their dinner tables.
*Excerpts from “Iran & America: Rekindling a Love Lost” by Badi Badiozamani