- Museum number
Silver handle and attachment; pear-shaped attachment with loops for handle in form of swan's heads; ends of handle in same form. Belongs with 1946,1007.15.
- Production date
Length: 103.50 millimetres
Weight: 213 grammes
Width: 58 millimetres (approximate)
- Curator's comments
- Fluted silver bowl from the Mildenhall treasure
Roman Britain, 4th century AD
Found in Mildenhall, Suffolk
Large bowls of this type were evidently intended to hold water for washing hands at table.
The chased leaf patterns on the flat panels closely resemble the pattern on three of the spoons also in the Mildenhall treasure. The centre of the bowl has geometric decoration in the form of an interwoven six-pointed star. This motif, like other geometric and floral designs, was often used decoratively in the Roman period, but it had no connection with Judaism. The formal adoption of the Star of David as a Jewish symbol took place only after the medieval period.
Silver handles and attachments for 1946,1007.15.
- Bibliographic references
Painter 1977a / The Mildenhall Treasure: Roman Silver from East Anglia
Hobbs 2008 / The secret history of the Mildenhall treasure
Roman Britain 1964 / Guide to the Antiquities of Roman Britain (p. 40)
Hobbs & Jackson 2010 / Roman Britain Life at the Edge of Empire (p. 150, fig. 121)
Hobbs 2016 / The Mildenhall Treasure: Late Roman Silver Plate from East Anglia (p.1, pl.1, p.4, p.5, pl.8, p.7, p.10, p.11, pl.15, pl.17, p.12, pl.18, p.15, p.16, p.17, table.2, p.173, p.178-194, p.179, pl.310, p.180, pl.311, p.181, pl.312-315, p.182, table.14, p.183, pl.316, p.192, pl.329-331, p.193, pl.332-333, p.215, p.227, p.237, p.244, p.247, p.266, table.28, p.267, pl.407, p.268, p.271, p.277, p.279, table.31, p.280, p.297, p.298) (cat.13)
- On display (G49/dc22)
- Exhibition history
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
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Found while ploughing, 1942
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number