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platter

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1946,1007.14

  • Description

    Silver pedestalled platter; flattened hemispherical bowled stand with beaded edge; stem consists of four curved upright members around central support; broad platter with beaded edge and palmate ornament incised on flange.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 4thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 97 millimetres (bowled foot)
    • Diameter: 115 millimetres (beaded top)
    • Height: 117 millimetres
    • Weight: 383 grammes
  • Bibliography

    • Painter 1977a bibliographic details
    • Hobbs 2008 bibliographic details
  • Location

    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

  • Condition

    Bowl loose on stem.

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1946

  • Acquisition notes

    Found while ploughing, 1942

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1946,1007.14

Silver goblet; flattened hemispherical bowl with beaded edge; stem consists of four curved upright members around central support; broad base with beading on underside of edge and palmate ornament incised on underside of flange. Condition shots for 'Buried treasure' exhibition.

Silver goblet; flattened hemispherical bowl with beaded edge; stem consists of four curved upright members around central support; broad base with beading on underside of edge and palmate ornament incised on underside of flange. Condition shots for 'Buried treasure' exhibition.

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