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Silver handle of ladle in form of dolphin; remains of gilding.
- Found/Acquired: West Row
- (Europe,United Kingdom,England,Suffolk,Mildenhall,West Row)
- Length: 96.1 millimetres
- Weight: 35.69 grammes
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.
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
Found while ploughing, 1942
Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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Object reference number: BCB12897
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