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cignus

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1994,0408.101

  • Description

    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.

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 100 millimetres
    • Length: 73 millimetres (bowl)
    • Width: 43 millimetres (bowl)
    • Weight: 28.2 grammes
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        bowl
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        PEREGRINVS VIVAT
      • Inscription Translation

        Long live Peregrinus
      • Inscription Comment

        Only partially visible to naked eye, visible fully under x-ray
  • Bibliography

    • Bland & Johns 1993 bibliographic details
    • Johns 2010 101 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1994

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1994,0408.101

  • Additional IDs

    • 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

X-Ray

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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