Silver spoon (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. The border has a dotted inner edge and a double running scroll. There is no extra decorative motif at the point where the handle joins. The bird-head handle is fully coiled and inward-facing. The swan’s eyes are circular, engraved freehand, and the head bends down so that the tip of the beak almost touches the bowl.
The inscription is only faintly visible to the naked eye: much of the niello inlay is lost, and the whole surface appears damaged and abraded. No trace of niello remains in the scroll border. Under X-ray, the inscription, in neat letters with serifs, is clear, and reads PEREGRINVS VIVAT.
- Excavated/Findspot: Hoxne (Hoxne hoard)
- (Europe,British Isles,England,Suffolk,Hoxne (parish))
- Length: 100 millimetres
- Length: 73 millimetres (bowl)
- Width: 43 millimetres (bowl)
- Weight: 28.2 grammes
Inscription ContentPEREGRINVS VIVAT
Inscription TranslationLong live Peregrinus
Inscription CommentOnly partially visible to naked eye, visible fully under x-ray
Not on display
Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- T304 (Treasure number)
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. The border has
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Object reference number: BCB90900
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