Silver pepper pot in anthropomorphic form. The hollow vessel is designed as a female half-figure soldered to a separate base. It depicts a woman with an elaborate fourth-century hairstyle: the hair is parted in the middle, with rolls at the sides. The back hair is worked into a flat series of twisted locks at the neck that are drawn up over the back of the head, turned under at the front, and held in place with hairpins. Three knobs at the front and another at the crown of the head represent the hairpins: they are ungilded, while the hair itself is gilt. The woman wears a sleeved undergarment with tight gilded cuffs at the wrists, and a wide-sleeved tunic with stripes of gilded and engraved decoration over the shoulders representing applied bands of embroidered or patterned textile (clavi). In her left hand she holds a gilded scroll, to which she points with the index finger of her right hand. Almond-shaped earrings and a necklace of large beads are depicted in relief and gilded, and there is additional gilding on the face, covering not only the eyes but the entire eye sockets, and the mouth. The rectangular base plate with slightly convex sides is raised on four small baluster feet. The central area is recessed and has two large heart-shaped apertures flanking the projecting central catch, which turned the assembly. The catch is almost square, and its sides are indented to follow the shape of the saltire engraved on each side. The bottom edge is serrated. The internal turning disc has two large arcs cut out for the filling holes and two groups of perforations designed for dispensing pepper or another spice at the dining table.
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