Photo © Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Meidad Suchowolski
Cheese grater in the form of a goat
Asia Minor (Turkey)
Late Archaic Period, 6th–5th century BCE
H: 7.7 cm
Bequest of Norbert Schimmel, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum
Accession number: 91.71.312
This amusing object is well adapted to its function, since in ancient times, cheese was produced almost exclusively from goat’s milk. Cheese graters were often placed in men’s tombs.

Gods and Mortals: Selected Objects from the Norbert Schimmel Collection, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 17/05/1992 - 31/10/1992

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir