spoon / ligula
Silver spoon (ligula or cignus). The bowl is of slightly pointed oval form and a keeled cross-section. The swan's-head handle is fully coiled and inward-facing. The bird head is short, with a nielloed eye consisting of circle with two lines. The bowl is inscribed FAVSTINEVIVAS, the letters inlaid with niello. There is soem wear at the tip of the bowl.
- Excavated/Findspot: Hoxne (Hoxne hoard)
- (Europe,British Isles,England,Suffolk,Hoxne (parish))
- Length: 95 millimetres
- Length: 75 millimetres (bowl)
- Width: 41 millimetres (bowl)
- Weight: 27.4 grammes
Inscription TranslationFaustinus, may you live
26 June 1996
Reason for treatment
1992; coated with sandy soil. 1996; Lightly covered with silver chloride and some of the neillo missing.
1992; Soil removed with cotton wool swabs of tap water and dried with paper towels. 1996; Removed with 30% Formic Acid washed in tap water and then rinsed with distilled. Dried with paper tissues. Lightly polished with Goddard's long term silver cloth (comp. unknown)
Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- T304 (Treasure number)
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Object reference number: BCB90915
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