Duck-handled silver spoon (ligula or cignus) with niello inscription DEIIFAVNIMEDIGENI in the bowl. An oval, keeled bowl, with an s-shaped handle, the duck's head facing outwards and holding a cake in its beak.
- Excavated/Findspot: Gallows Hill (Thetford Hoard)
- (Europe,United Kingdom,England,Norfolk,Thetford (area),Gallows Hill)
- Length: 85 millimetres
- Width: 41 millimetres
- Weight: 26.3 grammes
Inscription Transliterationde<i>i Fauni Medigeni
Inscription Translation'(Property) of the god Fanus Medigenus'
Inscription CommentVersions of the name Medugenus are also found on 1981,0201.54, 71, and 79.
This spoon is the only one amongst the Thetford duck-handled spoons which has a simple s-shaped handle rather than the fully coiled form. The bowl is slightly more pointed and tapered than any of the others.
For more details, and examples of parallels, see Johns and Potter (1983) 'The Thetford Treasure: Roman Jewellery and Silver' Cat. 56
1982-1983 8 Sep-10 Jan, Norwich Castle Museum, The Thetford Treasure
Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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Object reference number: BCB87858
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