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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1969,0904.1

  • Description

    Dish; silver; with stamped laurel wreath and inscription in the centre; around the circumference another inscription and stamp.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 317
  • Production place

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 178 millimetres (approx)
    • Weight: 304.6 grammes
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        centre
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        SIC X SICXX
      • Inscription Translation

        "As ten, so twenty"
      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Position

        border
      • Inscription Content

        NA ISS
      • Inscription Comment

        Stamped.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        border
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        LICINI AUGUSTE SEMPER VINCAS
      • Inscription Translation

        "Licinius Augustus, may you always be victorious"
  • Curator's comments

    Published: J.P.C. Kent and K.S. Painter (eds.), Wealth of the Late Roman World (exh. cat.), London, 1977, no 10; D. Buckton, Byzantium: Treasures of Byzantine Art and Culture, London, 1994, no. 1.

  • Bibliography

    • Buckton 1994 1 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G41/dc8

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2012-2013 Oct- Mar, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Constantine 313 A.D.
    2007 2 Jun-4 Nov, Germany, Trier, Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Constantine the Great
    1996 30 Mar-13 Nov, Italy, Rimini, Sala dell’Arengo, Dalla Terra Alle Genti

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1969

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1969,0904.1

COMPASS Title: Largitio dish of the Emperor Licinius

COMPASS Title: Largitio dish of the Emperor Licinius

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