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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1946,1007.21

  • Description

    Silver ladle bowl; thickened rim, flat base, concentric incised circles inside base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 4thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 56.3 millimetres (rim diameter)
    • Weight: 45.56 grammes
    • Height: 19.8 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    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.

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  • 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

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1946

  • Acquisition notes

    Found while ploughing, 1942

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1946,1007.21

COMPASS Title: Silver ladles from the Mildenhall treasure

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COMPASS Title: Silver ladles from the Mildenhall treasure

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