Silver spoon (cochlear), one of a set of ten spoons (1994,0408.81-90) with ownership inscriptions of Aurelius Ursicinus. The spoon has a pear-shaped bowl, a closed C-scroll offset, and a plain, slightly chamfered handle with the inscription AVRVRSICINI neatly incised along the upper surface at the bowl end. The inscription is inlaid with niello. Within the bowl, the letters alpha and omega flanking a chi-rho monogram are inscribed in a dotted or punched technique.
- Excavated/Findspot: Hoxne (Hoxne hoard)
- (Europe,British Isles,England,Suffolk,Hoxne (parish))
- Length: 210 millimetres
- Length: 68 millimetres (bowl)
- Width: 33 millimetres (bowl)
- Weight: 25.6 grammes
Inscription Typesacred monogram
Inscription Positionwithin bowl
Inscription ContentChi-Rho, alpha and omega
Inscription CommentProbably a secondary inscription
Inscription Positionupper surface of handle at bowl end.
Inscription Translation(property of) Aurelius Ursicinus
The Aurelius Ursicinus spoons from the Hoxne hoard
Roman Britain, buried in the 5th century AD
Found at Hoxne, Suffolk (1992)
The Hoxne (pronounced 'Hoxon') hoard is the richest find of treasure from Roman Britain. Alongside the approximately 15,000 coins were many other precious objects, buried for safety at a time when Britain was passing out of Roman control. They include by far the largest collection of spoons in any late Roman hoard.
This set of spoons comprises five of each principal type. It may not be complete. The inscriptions within the bowls of the cigni and on the handles of the cochlearia are neatly engraved and enhanced with an inlay of niello. They are marks of ownership, and give the name Aurelius Ursicinus. Although the ten inscriptions are the largest number with one name in the hoard, we cannot assume that this individual owned the whole treasure, as several other names also occur. Unfortunately, Aurelius Ursicinus cannot be identified with any historically recorded person.
1994-1995 Oct-Jan, Ipswich Museum, The Hoxne Treasure
Prehistory and Europe
- T304 (Treasure number)
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Object reference number: BCB90888
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