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Carnelian intaglio. Diana running to the left; she holds a bow and draws an arrow from its quiver. A hound bounds along beside her. Part of jeweller's hoard.
Length: 12 millimetres
Weight: 0.47 grammes
Width: 10 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This hoard, found during building work in 1985, represents part of the stock of a jeweller working in the area in the second century AD. The scrap silver, ingots, the few pieces of scrap gold, and a quartz burnishing tool all indicate manufacturing. Though it has no direct connection with the great Iron Age hoards found at Snettisham, it may be evidence of a long tradition of gold- and silver-working in the area.
All the engraved gems (117) are of carnelian, and most of them (110) are unmounted, awaiting setting in suitable rings. The style of engraving is very simple, and there is no reason to doubt that the gem-engravers worked within, or in association with, the jewellery workshop.
Roman Britain, buried around AD 155
C. Johns, The Snettisham Roman jeweller's hoard (London, The British Museum Press, 1997)
R.A. Abdy, Romano-British coin hoards (Princes Risborough, Shire Publications, 2002)
- On display (G49/dc11)
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- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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