spoon / ligula
Silver spoon (ligula or cignus), one of a group of five cigni and one cochlear linked by their style and decoration (1994,0408.101-106). The bowl is a slightly pointed oval with a small keel beneath and a decorative border around the edge, consisting of a running scroll with recurved tendrils and dots. At the handle end is engraved a large two-handled cantharus, projecting into the bowl area and unconnected with the scroll. The coiled, inward-facing swan's-head handles matches the others in the group. The inscription within the bowl is very faint, having been deliberately abraded and polished out. On X-ray, however, it is revealed as QVISSVNTVIVAT.
- Excavated/Findspot: Hoxne (Hoxne hoard)
- (Europe,British Isles,England,Suffolk,Hoxne (parish))
- Length: 107 millimetres
- Length: 74 millimetres (bowl)
- Width: 44 millimetres (bowl)
- Weight: 26.5 grammes
Inscription TranslationLong live Quintus
Inscription CommentVisible under x-ray; error for QVINTVSVIVAT.
Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- T304 (Treasure number)
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Object reference number: BCB90902
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