Duck-handled silver spoon (ligula or cignus) with the niello inscription INGENVAEVIVAS in the bowl. An oval bowl with a tightly-coiled handle terminating in an outward-facing duck-head whose beak appears to be slightly bent and damaged. The eye is deeply incised. The niello inscription in the bowl is in a florid style.
- Excavated/Findspot: Gallows Hill (Thetford Hoard)
- (Europe,United Kingdom,England,Norfolk,Thetford (area),Gallows Hill)
- Length: 110 millimetres
- Width: 50 millimetres
- Weight: 41.7 grammes
Inscription TransliterationIngenu<a>e vivas
Inscription Translation'Ingenuus, long life to you'
This spoon is another of the three heavy examples in the hoard.
For more details, and examples of parallels, see Johns and Potter (1983) 'The Thetford Treasure: Roman Jewellery and Silver' Cat. 62
2008 10 May-14 Dec, Thetford, The Ancient House Museum, The Thetford Treasure
1982-1983 8 Sep-10 Jan, Norwich Castle Museum, The Thetford Treasure
Prehistory and Europe
Duck-handled silver spoon with the niello inscription INGENVAEVIVAS in the bowl. An oval bowl with a tightly-coiled handle terminating in an outward-facing duck-head whose beak appears to be slightly bent and damaged. The eye is deeply incised. The niello inscription in the bowl is in a florid style.
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Object reference number: BCB87864
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