Hierarchy: Archaeological object » Instrumentum » Instrumentum–Type » Kitchen and Table Utensil » Dipper
Scope note: bronze or silver utensil used to draw liquids, made up of a cup-like container and a verticle or horizontal handle, which could be long or short. The length of the handle or the shape of the cup could vary; this belongs to the category of eathenware used in the kitchen, among the numerous containers used for drinking, at times particularly precious; the dipper is one of the most common utensils in Vesuvian contexts; a specific type is the “lavatory” dipper, generally linked to a toiletry set and therefore connected to taking care of the body. These dippers are rather shallow cups, with wide openings and a flat handle fastened horizontally. Small glass dippers with vertical handles (from a height of 9-12 cm), resembling the metallic types, were used to decant perfumes and ointments, etc.