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    Partially gilded silver ladle, one of a matching set of 10 (1994,0408.42-51). The ladle or spoon has a round bowl and a broad, flat, decorated handle with and an elaborate attachment plate. The handle terminal has two convex curves with corner and central projections, creating an outline similar to a curly bracket. The bowl has a slight basal omphalos and no marks of turning. Gilding is applied to the upper surface of the handle, the bowl rim, and the omphalos base within the bowl.
    The handle has chip-carved relief in the form of a symmetrical pair of S-scrolls at the terminal and a complex arrangement of such scrolls in the attachment, which also features two small dolphins facing away from the ladle bowl. Three lines of beaded or ‘roped’ relief run along the handles, in the centre and at each side, executed with a series of punched grooves along a ridge. Punched dots decorate the rim of the bowl and are also used to demarcate the lower outline of
    the dolphins, which have engraved lines and eyes.


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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 136 millimetres
    • Diameter: 42 millimetres (bowl rim)
    • Weight: 48.2 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    Spoons or ladles with deep, round bowls first appear in the late 4th century. There are twenty examples in the Hoxne treasure, divided into two matching sets of 10.

  • Bibliography

    • Bland & Johns 1993 bibliographic details
    • Johns 2010 42 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history


    Late 2016 – Late 2021, Rome: City & Empire touring exhibition, venues TBC. PROMISED
    1994-1995 Oct-Jan, Ipswich Museum, The Hoxne Treasure

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    16 December 1992

    Reason for treatment

    Treasure Trove

    Treatment proposal

    Remove mud and take samples if necessary.


    Complete but with sandy soil covering entire surface.

    Treatment details

    Swabbed with cotton wool and tap water. Dried with paper towels.

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    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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  • Additional IDs

    • T304 (Treasure number)
Gilded silver ladle. Handle decorated with chip-carved relief in form of complex of S-scrolls, including two dolphins which face away from the ladle bowl.

Gilded silver ladle. Handle decorated with chip-carved relief in form of complex of S-scrolls, including two dolphins which face away from the ladle bowl.

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