Gold sheet disc with design of a debased late Roman bust in profile & border of repoussé dots; pierced on either side. Silver neckring of twisted wires; ends beaten into two long expanding terminals ornamented on upper surface with rows of stamped triangles and ending in hook. Silver-gilt cup (or bowl); ornamented. The ornament consists of chased designs, with medallions, each containing an animal figure, separated by conventional foliate patterns. There are four medallions bordered by bands enclosing a wavy pattern: two contain the figure of a lion passant to right with open mouth and upraised forked tail, intersecting a conventional plant the foliage of which appears above and below the animal, at its breast and under the tail: alternating with these are the other two medallions each showing the figure of an ox with humped back and forked tail bending towards a piece of conventional foliage on the undulating ground. The four interspaces are occupied each by a formal plant with radiating branches from which issue four dog-like heads near the extremities, biting foliage: the design of each plant is identical with that opposite to it, but differs slightly from those nearest to it. Round the lip and the bottom are bands of conventional leaf-scrolls, on which, as on the plants in the middle zone, are transverse collars. The background and interior are gilt, traces of gilding being also found on the ornament; on one side part of the rim and the upper part of the body are wanting; the bowl is somewhat battered and worn near the bottom. There is no foot or cover.
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