The Mildenhall Bacchic plate
- The Mildenhall Bacchic plate
Silver plate with beaded rim (with 65 beads) and foot-ring. On the upper surface are raised figures of Pan in the left field, holding a pedum in his right hand and playing a syrinx held in his left; in the right field is a dancing maenad playing a double aulos. At the top of the field is a reclining water nymph, with right arm arched above her head and left leaning on a water container with water flowing from its neck. At the bottom of the field is a fawn and snake, between the main figures a typanum tambourine, and in the left field a lidded bowl on a pedestal.
- Found/Acquired: West Row
- (Europe,United Kingdom,England,Suffolk,Mildenhall,West Row)
- Diameter: 188 millimetres
- Height: 25.5 millimetres
- Weight: 539 grammes
- Diameter: 62 millimetres (foot-ring)
- Height: 10 millimetres (foot-ring)
Inscription Positionon base inside foot-ring
Inscription Translation(Property) of Eutherios
Similar in style to 1946,1007.1.One of a pair of small dishes or platters with Bacchic scenes which are closely related in style and subject to the Great Dish itself. The Greek name Eutherios is scratched lightly on the underside of the dish within the footring. It is written in the genitive (possessive) case, which suggests that he was once the owner of the plate.Blurton 1997
This is one of a pair of small decorated dishes belonging to a large hoard of late-Roman silver vessels, hidden for safe-keeping at a time of trouble during the fourth century AD and unearthed in the 1940s. Silver tableware was owned and used by wealthy people in the Roman world, and was frequently very richly ornamented. Religious and mythological themes, especially relating to the cult of Bacchus, the god of wine, were typical subjects for the decoration. This group of rich silverware is decorated with traditional, classical themes, but there are also some references to Christianity, in the form of the chi-rho monogram, in the treasure. Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire in 324 AD.
On display: G49/dc22
2013 14 Sep - 2014 24 Feb, Norwich, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia
2005-2006 25 Jul-13 Jan, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
2005 12 Feb-26 Jun, Newcastle, Hancock Museum, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
2004-2005 1 Oct-15 Jan, Manchester Museum, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
2004 30 Apr-21 Sep, Cardiff, National Museums & Galleries of Wales, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
2003-2004 21 Nov-14 Mar, London, BM, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
2000-2001 Dec-Apr, Rome, Palazzo delle Esposizione, Aurea Roma
1998 9 Feb-3 May, India, Mumbai, Sir Caswasjee Jahangir Hall, The Enduring Image
1997 13 Oct-1998 5 Jan, India, New Delhi, National Museum, The Enduring Image
Found while ploughing, 1942
Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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