Silver spoon bowl, hemispherical in profile with a flat base. The bowl has a slightly collared rim; at the base of the inside of the bowl, the central lathe mark is visible, around which are incised concentric circles.
- Found/Acquired: West Row
- (Europe,United Kingdom,England,Suffolk,Mildenhall,West Row)
- Diameter: 57.6 millimetres (rim diameter)
- Weight: 34.36 grammes
- Height: 21.3 millimetres
- Volume: 35 millilitres
Inscription CommentLatin '5'
Silver ladles from the Mildenhall treasure
Roman Britain, 4th century AD
Found in Mildenhall, Suffolk
Deep, round-bowled spoons or ladles like this have been found in many late-Roman silver hoards. The decorative dolphin handles of these examples are gilded and originally had inlays, probably of glass, in their eyes. They resemble some of the dolphins depicted in the Hoxne treasure.
The solder which originally attached the handles to the bowls has decayed during the time spent buried in the ground; it is now difficult to tell which handle belongs to which bowl.
On display: G49/dc22
Found while ploughing, 1942
Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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Object reference number: BCB12892
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