spoon / ligula
Silver spoon (ligula or cignus). The bowl is quite small and tapered with a slight keel, and the coiled, inward-facing handle is unusually long, forming a disproportionately large coil. The eyes of the bird are marked with circle and lines, but no niello. The tip of the spoon bowl is worn and pitted. The inscription in the bowl has no niello inlay, and reads VIRBONEVIVAS.
- Excavated/Findspot: Hoxne (Hoxne hoard)
- (Europe,British Isles,England,Suffolk,Hoxne (parish))
- Length: 97 millimetres
- Length: 68 millimetres (bowl)
- Width: 40 millimetres (bowl)
- Weight: 29.2 grammes
Inscription TransliterationVir bone vivas
Inscription TranslationLong life to you, good man
Inscription CommentThe 'A' has no crossbar
Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- T304 (Treasure number)
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Object reference number: BCB90916
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