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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1981,0201.57

  • Description

    Duck-handled silver spoon (ligula or cignus) with niello inscription DEIFAVBLOTVGI in the bowl. Oval, very slightly keeled bowl with a coiled handle and an outward-facing duck-head. The latter has a slender upcurved beak.

  • Culture/period

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 92 millimetres
    • Width: 46 millimetres
    • Weight: 28.9 grammes
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        bowl
      • Inscription Content

        DEIFAVBLOTVGI
      • Inscription Transliteration

        dei Fau(ni) Blotugi
      • Inscription Translation

        '(Property) of the god Faunus Blotugus'
      • Inscription Comment

        There are several related inscriptions in the hoard, on spoons 1981,0201.64, 75, 78 and 80.
  • Curator's comments

    For more details, and examples of parallels, see Johns and Potter (1983) 'The Thetford Treasure: Roman Jewellery and Silver' Cat. 57

  • Bibliography

    • Johns & Potter 1983 Cat. 57 bibliographic details
    • R I B II.2, 2420.14, pp. 130-1 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G49/dc23

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    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

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1981

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1981,0201.57

Duck-handled silver spoon with niello inscription DEIFAVBLOTVGI in the bowl.
Oval, very slightly keeled bowl with a coiled handle and an outward-facing duck-head. The latter has a slender upcurved beak.

Duck-handled silver spoon with niello inscription DEIFAVBLOTVGI in the bowl. Oval, very slightly keeled bowl with a coiled handle and an outward-facing duck-head. The latter has a slender upcurved beak.

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