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    Gold pierced ('opus interrasile') bracelet with inscription to Juliane. The borders are applied ribbons of gold with a central groove, and the hoop is an openwork foliate pattern forming a background to reserved letters forming an inscription referring to the owner: VTERE FELIX DOMINA IVLIANE. There is a curly cordiform leaf at the beginning of the phrase, and additional leaves and buds occur between words and sometimes within them.


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  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 65 millimetres (internal)
    • Width: 12 millimetres
    • Weight: 23.5 grammes
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        outer face
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Translation

        Use (this) happily, lady Juliana
  • Curator's comments

    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.

    This finely worked pierced bracelet incorporates the phrase UTERE FELIX DOMINA IULIANE. The lettering, spacing and spelling are idiosyncratic, but the sense is clear, wishing good fortune to 'Lady Juliana', the owner of the object. Good-luck wishes, especially utere felix ('use [this] happily') were quite often inscribed on valuable personal possessions such as jewellery in the late-Roman period.

    Buried in the 5th century AD

    Treasure Trove, acquired with the aid of major grants from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the National Art Collections Fund, the J. Paul Getty Trust, The British Museum Friends, the Goldsmiths Charitable Trust, Lloyds Private Banking, and many donations by private individuals.

    T.W. Potter, Roman Britain, 2nd edition (London, The British Museum Press, 1997), p. 86, plate 84

    R. Bland and C.M. Johns, The Hoxne Treasure, an illustrated introduction (London, The British Museum Press, 1993)

    C.M. Johns and R. Bland, 'The Hoxne late Roman treasure', Britannia, 25 (1994), pp. 165-73


  • Bibliography

    • Bland & Johns 1993 bibliographic details
    • Johns 2010 29 bibliographic details
  • Location


  • Exhibition history


    1994-1995 Oct-Jan, Ipswich Museum, The Hoxne Treasure

  • Conservation

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  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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  • Additional IDs

    • T304 (Treasure number)
Gold pierced bracelet with inscription to Juliane.  Borders are applied ribbons of gold with central groove, and hoop is opus interrasile pattern forming background to letters and leaves.

Gold pierced bracelet with inscription to Juliane. Borders are applied ribbons of gold with central groove, and hoop is opus interrasile pattern forming background to letters and leaves.

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