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A damaged and distorted silver plaque made from very thin silver sheet. The right side is near complete, as is the upper left side and most of the finial, but the finial tip, lower left side and base are broken. The finial has a rather rudimentarily applied embossed and chased design with a central, obelisk-like, tall veined triangle flanked by a series of four pairs of lateral expansions enclosing leaf-veined lobes within a rather indifferently accomplished mandering scrolled border. IN contrast, the principal rectangular panel has an idiosyncratic design, with a narrow, die-stamped, repeating leaf border which frames a scene of two embossed confronted figures with a large empty expanse aboe them. The figure on the right, a standing male, head head turned to his right, has long curly hair and a full beard. He appears to wear a tunic that finishes above the knee and a low-domed shield stands against his left leg. The appears to hold something in his raised right hand, possibly the shaft of a spear. Opposite him on the left with face turned towards him is a bare-headed female figure, wearing a full-length garment, and bandishing what looks like a wreath in her upraised hand. A small sphere below looks like a globe. The figures are intended to represent Victory and Mars. The figures seem to be set in a single shrine.
- Production date
- 250-400 (probable deposition date)
Height: 40 millimetres (figure height right)
Height: 38.50 millimetres (figure on left)
Height: 145.20 millimetres
Weight: 5.72 grammes
Width: 64.70 millimetres
- Not on display
- Acquisition notes
- Acquisition details unknown as of September 2003.
In the Minutes of the Society of Antiquaries, 3rd June 1813 (p306–11) the hoard is recorded as being exhibited by Samuel Lysons but in the ownership of Mr Henry Day of Compton Road. When Samuel Lysons published Reliquiae Britanniae Romanae II, containing illustrations and a brief discussion of the Stony Stratford hoard in 1817, the hoard is then noted as deposited in the British Museum.
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