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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1981,0201.58

  • Description

    Duck-handled silver spoon (ligula or cignus) with niello inscription DEOFAVNISATERNIO in the bowl. Oval, keeled bowl, the coiled handle having a duck-head facing inwards.

  • Culture/period

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 95 millimetres
    • Width: 45 millimetres
    • Weight: 25.2 grammes
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        bowl
      • Inscription Content

        DEOFAVNISATERNIO
      • Inscription Transliteration

        deo Fauni Saternio
      • Inscription Translation

        'For the god Faunis Saternius'
      • Inscription Comment

        It is not closely related to any of the other inscriptions in the Thetford hoard.
  • Curator's comments

    For more details, and examples of parallels, see Johns and Potter (1983) 'The Thetford Treasure: Roman Jewellery and Silver' Cat. 58

  • Bibliography

    • Johns & Potter 1983 Cat. 58 bibliographic details
    • R I B II.2, 2420.22, pp. 133 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G49/dc23

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    1982-1983 8 Sep-10 Jan, Norwich Castle Museum, The Thetford Treasure

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1981

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1981,0201.58

Duck-handled silver spoon with niello inscription DEOFAVNISATERNIO in the bowl.
Oval, keeled bowl, the coiled handle having a duck-head facing inwards.

Duck-handled silver spoon with niello inscription DEOFAVNISATERNIO in the bowl. Oval, keeled bowl, the coiled handle having a duck-head facing inwards.

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