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The ancient Romans' methods of eating may seem crude to us. We classify their habits of eating while reclining on couches, eating with their hands and then tossing the refuse to the hungry hounds as deplorable etiquette. But crude as their etiquette may have been, they passed on to us the last dainty touch which may be added to a meal, the use of a finger bowl. The ancient Romans had finger bowls which were passed after every meal, a necessary procedure.
"Bowls With a Past,"
The Iowa Homemaker: Vol. 18
, Article 16.
Available at: https://lib.dr.iastate.edu/homemaker/vol18/iss2/16