Elevated Eating : Eating Instrument
This 19th century Chinese eating utensil functions as a combination of modern day tweezers and traditional chopsticks. Traditionally, in Confucian culture, knives were not acceptable at the table, thus food was served in pre-cut, bite sized pieces. Connected at the top, the utensil can be squeezed together to pick up these pieces, aided by flat, wide tips. This device, handcrafted and intricately designed on metal, indicates it was most likely used in the feasting of a wealthy family as those of lower classes typically dined with utensils of plain design crafted on common woods.