Diameter: 23.000 cm
Height: 19.100 cm
P&EE 1946 10-7 11;P&EE 1946 10-7 12
Room 49: Roman Britain
Flanged silver bowl and cover from the Mildenhall treasure
Roman Britain, 3rd-4th century AD
Found near Mildenhall, Suffolk
This bowl is the earliest vessel in the Mildenhall treasure, made in Gaul in the third century AD.
It has a dropped horizontal rim and niello decoration. It was not designed to have a lid. The deep domed cover was made later, some time in the fourth century, either for another bowl, or perhaps specifically to fit this one. It has a border of Bacchic ornament in relief. The small statuette of a triton which forms a knob may not have been part of the lid's original design.
K.S. Painter, The Mildenhall Treasure-1 (London, 1977)