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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1981,0201.56

  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 85 millimetres
    • Width: 41 millimetres
    • Weight: 26.3 grammes
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        bowl
      • Inscription Content

        DEIIFAVNIMEDIGENI
      • Inscription Transliteration

        de<i>i Fauni Medigeni
      • Inscription Translation

        '(Property) of the god Fanus Medigenus'
      • Inscription Comment

        Versions of the name Medugenus are also found on 1981,0201.54, 71, and 79.
  • Curator's comments

    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

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  • Bibliography

    • Johns & Potter 1983 Cat. 56 bibliographic details
    • R I B II.2, 2420.17, pp. 131 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

    1981,0201.56

Duck-handled silver spoon 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.

Duck-handled silver spoon 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.

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