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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Silver flanged bowl; beaded rim; flange ornamented with figures of beasts including griffins, interspersed with human masks all in relief; central medallion of hunter and bear.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 4thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 295.5 millimetres
    • Height: 95.5 millimetres
    • Weight: 1718 grammes
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        under flange
      • Inscription Transliteration

        P and an illegible note of weight
      • Inscription Comment

        a weight, pounced.
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        under flange
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        pon(dus) (libras?) XX redit lib(ra) una uncias V SIMIS (for semis ?)
      • Inscription Translation

        Weight twenty (librae ?). Return (?) one libra five unciae and a half (?)
      • Inscription Comment

  • Curator's comments

    Bowls of this shape were popular in late-Roman table services. The decoration on the flat rims shows a variety of animals in hunting and pastoral scenes, themes which fall into the general category of Bacchic imagery. The inclusion of griffins, a mythical species, alongside real animals, is a common feature.

    K.S. Painter, The Mildenhall Treasure (London, 1977)


  • Bibliography

    • Painter 1977a bibliographic details
    • Hobbs 2008 bibliographic details
    • R I B II.2, 2414.7, p. 33 bibliographic details
    • Roman Britain 1964 p. 40 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G49/dc22

  • Exhibition history

    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

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Found while ploughing, 1942

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number



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