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  • Place of origin:

    Korea (made)

  • Date:

    918-1392 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Korea, Room 47g, case 10

This spoon is part of a collection of over 40 Korean examples in the V&A collection. However, it stands out from other spoons of the Koryo period (918-1392) in that the handle has a loose closing ring, allowing it to retract. The handle-end is decorated with an abstract incised decoration, as is common on Koryo spoons.

Physical description

The folding spoon has a pointed oval bowl and a handle decorated with incised lines. At the spreading end are pricked dots and lines. The handles has a loose closing ring, allowing it to retract.

Colour: Dark grey-green

Place of Origin

Korea (made)


918-1392 (made)



Materials and Techniques



Length: 8.8 in, Width: 1.4 in

Descriptive line

Folding Spoon; bronze; Korea, Koryo dynasty (918 - 1392)

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Beth McKillop.Korean Art and Design.London: V&A,1992.48.

Subjects depicted

Geometric pattern


Ph_survey; Images Online; Metalwork; Tableware and cutlery; Eating


East Asia Collection

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