Silver Ear Scoop Fragment (CM.1850-2008)

A silver ear scoop fragment found in Torksey, Lincolnshire

A fragment of a silver ear spoon or ear scoop with a body made from a spiral-twisted bar. Toilet articles like this were an important part of personal hygiene in the Viking Age. They were used to clean ear wax out of the ear and could be highly decorated to show off the user’s status.

Object Type

Ear scoop

Date

circa 800 — 1000

Ascribed Culture

Original/Reproduction

Original

Material

Collection

Viking Objects

Current Location

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Keywords

Danelaw Saga, ear_scoop, personal_hygiene, silver, toilet_article, Torksey, Viking

Further information

You can see the original at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

Acknowledgements

© The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

References

The Fitzwilliam Museum