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.
- Excavated/Findspot: Hoxne (Hoxne hoard)
- (Europe,British Isles,England,Suffolk,Hoxne (parish))
- Length: 136 millimetres
- Diameter: 42 millimetres (bowl rim)
- Weight: 48.2 grammes
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.
Late 2016 – Late 2021, Rome: City & Empire touring exhibition, venues TBC. PROMISED
1994-1995 Oct-Jan, Ipswich Museum, The Hoxne Treasure
16 December 1992
Reason for treatment
Remove mud and take samples if necessary.
Complete but with sandy soil covering entire surface.
Swabbed with cotton wool and tap water. Dried with paper towels.
Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- T304 (Treasure number)
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Object reference number: BCB90841
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