Notation Knife. ca. 1550. Artist unknown. Victoria & Albert Museum.
It turns out that Renaissance diners in Italy enjoyed a little music with their feasts. And they kept their musical scores recorded in an unexpected location—their knives. This means that aside from carving up meat, this cutlery helped provide the evening’s entertainment.
These 16th-century knives are now scattered in museum collections around the world, including examples at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. Known as notation knives, Kirstin Kennedy, a curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum, …READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE & LEARN MORE HERE
Source:: My Modern Met