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  • Description

    Silver fluted dish, hemispherical in profile, on a circular flared foot-ring. The dish has a pair of drop handles with looped zoomorphic terminals which engage with teadrop shaped escutcheons soldered to the body, now detached (1946,1007,16-17). Tje dish has a flat base and 14 concave flutes that alternate with 14 flat panels that are straight at the rim. The base is decorated using chasing with a six-pointed star composed of two interlocking equilateral triangles, in the centre of which is a six-petalled floral motif. Further leaves infill the spaces between the apices of the star. The flat panels are decorated with two alternativing forms of floral decoration by chasing: a central stem with almond-shaped petals or leaves on both sides, and the other an undulating stem with the spaces created by the undulations infilled with further leaf motifs.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 4thC
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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 408 millimetres
    • Height: 111 millimetres
    • Weight: 2093 grammes (with handles (16&17))
    • Weight: 1575 grammes (without handles (16&17))
    • Diameter: 128 millimetres (foot-ring)
    • Height: 10 millimetres (foot-ring)
    • Volume: 6394 millilitres
  • Curator's comments

    Large bowls of this type were evidently intended to hold water for washing hands at table. The chased leaf patterns on the flat panels closely resemble the pattern on three of the spoons also in the Mildenhall treasure. The centre of the bowl has geometric decoration in the form of an interwoven six-pointed star. This motif, like other geometric and floral designs, was often used decoratively in the Roman period, but it had no connection with Judaism. The formal adoption of the Star of David as a Jewish symbol took place only after the medieval period.

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


  • Bibliography

    • Painter 1977a bibliographic details
    • Hobbs 2008 bibliographic details
    • Hobbs 2016 cat. 13 bibliographic details
    • Hobbs & Jackson 2010 p. 150-151, fig. 121 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

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  • Acquisition notes

    Found while ploughing, 1942

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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Silver fluted bowl; incised foliage design on space between flutings; central medallion with design of interlocked triangles and foliage ornament. Condition shots for 'Buried treasure' exhibition.

Silver fluted bowl; incised foliage design on space between flutings; central medallion with design of interlocked triangles and foliage ornament. Condition shots for 'Buried treasure' exhibition.

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