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bowl

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1946,1007.5

  • Description

    Silver flanged bowl with beaded rim (63 beads in total) on a circular foot-ring. The basal medallion and the rim are decorated with raised relief made using chasing and engraving techniques. The central medallion, enclosed in a circle of 93 beads, is decorated with a scene of a hunter spearing a bear with a tree between the figures and foliage below. The flange is decorated by four scenes separated by busts: the first with a pair of goats and a pair of wild boars with tree and basket between; the second griffins bringing down a horse, flanked by a female bust on the left and a bearded male bust on the right; the third by a pair of recumbent oxen and grazing sheep separated by a tree; the fourth by leopards bringing down a bull flanked by a female bust on the left and a satyr bust on the right.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 4thC
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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 297 millimetres
    • Height: 92 millimetres
    • Weight: 1718 grammes
    • Diameter: 101 millimetres (foot-ring)
    • Height: 20 millimetres (foot-ring)
    • Volume: 1497 millilitres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        under flange
      • Inscription Transliteration

        P and an illegible note of weight
      • Inscription Comment

        a weight, pounced.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        under flange
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        PON XX REDIT LIB VNA VNCIAS V SIMIS
      • Inscription Transliteration

        pon(do) XX redit lib(ra) una uncias V SIMIS
      • Inscription Translation

        By weight 20 (pounds). One pound returns... 5 ounces (and) a half
      • Inscription Comment

        incised.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        under flange
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        P (illeg.)
      • Inscription Transliteration

        P(ondo)
      • Inscription Comment

        Punched dot
  • 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)

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  • Bibliography

    • Painter 1977a bibliographic details
    • Hobbs 2008 bibliographic details
    • Hobbs 2016 cat. 5 bibliographic details
    • R I B II.2, 2414.7, p. 33 bibliographic details
    • Hobbs & Jackson 2010 p. 150, fig. 121 bibliographic details
    • Roman Britain 1964 p. 40 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G49/dc22

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    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

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1946

  • Acquisition notes

    Found while ploughing, 1942

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1946,1007.5

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. Condition shots for 'Buried treasure' exhibition.

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. Condition shots for 'Buried treasure' exhibition.

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