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  • Description

    Spoon; silver; pear-shaped bowl engraved on the under side with a symmetrical foliate design and ending in a vertical disc, from the upper edge of which issues a straight handle, at first hexagonal then fluted.

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  • Date

    • 650 (circa)
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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 242 millimetres
    • Weight: 77.81 grammes
    • Weight: 2.5 ounces (over)
  • Curator's comments

    For detailed bibliography see: S.R. Hauser, Spätantike und frühbyzantinische Silberlöffel, Münster, 1992, no 166 & Archaeologia vol.lvii, pl.xvii. Found with 1899,0425.1-28

    For a recent history of the excavation of the Treasure see: R Merrillees, 2009. 'The modern history of the first Lambousa treasure of Byzantine silverware from Cyprus.' Antiquaries Journal 89, 1-15.


  • Bibliography

    • Kiely 2011e 35 bibliographic details
    • Dalton 1901 411 bibliographic details
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    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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