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Flanged silver bowl from the Mildenhall treasure

Flanged silver bowl

 

Diameter: 30.000 cm
Weight: 1718.000 g

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P&EE 1946 10-7 5

Prehistory and Europe

    Flanged silver bowl from the Mildenhall treasure

    Roman Britain, 4th century AD
    Found near Mildenhall, Suffolk

    Bowls of this shape were popular in late-Roman table services. The decoration on the flat rims shows a variety of animals in hunting and pastoral scenes, themes which fall into the general category of Bacchic imagery. The inclusion of griffins, a mythical species, alongside real animals, is a common feature. The central medallion on this bowl shows a huntsman confronting a bear.

     

    K.S. Painter, The Mildenhall Treasure-1 (London, 1977)

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