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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Silver handle and attachment; pear-shaped attachment with loops for handle in form of swan's heads; ends of handle in same form. Belongs with 1946,1007.15.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 4thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 103.5 millimetres
    • Weight: 213 grammes
    • Width: 58 millimetres (approximate)
  • Curator's comments

    Fluted silver bowl from the Mildenhall treasure

    Roman Britain, 4th century AD
    Found in Mildenhall, Suffolk

    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.

    Silver handles and attachments for 1946,1007.15.


  • Bibliography

    • Painter 1977a bibliographic details
    • Hobbs 2008 bibliographic details
    • Hobbs 2016 cat. 13 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

    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


  • Acquisition notes

    Found while ploughing, 1942

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


COMPASS Title: Fluted silver bowl from the Mildenhall treasure


COMPASS Title: Fluted silver bowl from the Mildenhall treasure

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