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Bracelets from the Hoxne hoard

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Diameter: 10.300 cm (large armlet)

Treasure Trove, acquired with the aid of major grants from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the National Art Collections Fund, the J. Paul Getty Trust, The British Museum Friends, the Goldsmiths Charitable Trust, Lloyds Private Banking, and many donations by private individuals

P&EE 1994 4-8 11-28

Room 49: Roman Britain

    Bracelets from the Hoxne hoard

    Roman Britain, buried in the 5th century AD
    Found at Hoxne, Suffolk (1992)

    The Hoxne (pronounced 'Hoxon') hoard is the richest find of treasure from Roman Britain. Alongside the approximately 15,000 coins were many other precious objects, buried for safety at a time when Britain was passing out of Roman control.

    This unique collection of nineteen bracelets was tightly packed together in the ground in three groups which were first separated during the laboratory phase of the excavation. They include matching pairs and sets of four. The bracelets in pierced goldwork are of fine quality, as is the pair with figured scenes in relief.

    One set of four, made of corrugated gold sheet, resembles a pair in the Thetford treasure.

    C.M. Johns and R. Bland, 'The Hoxne late Roman treasure', Britannia, 25 (1994), pp. 165-73

    R. Bland and C.M. Johns, The Hoxne Treasure, an illustr (London, The British Museum Press, 1993)

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