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spoon / cignus

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1994,0408.84

  • Description

    Silver spoon (cignus), one of a set of ten spoons (1994,0408.81-90) with ownership inscriptions of Aurelius Ursicinus. The spoon has a large oval bowl and a long, slender handle, compressed into an exaggerated, flattened S-shape and terminating in a stylized bird’s head facing outwards. The eyes of the swan are oval, with extended lines forwards and backwards, and its nostrils are marked on the wide, flat beak; these lines are all inlaid with niello. The handle attachment has some decorative profiling, and the name inscription AVRVRSICINVS within the bowl is inlaid with niello, some of which has been lost.

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 115 millimetres
    • Length: 73 millimetres (bowl)
    • Width: 41 millimetres (bowl)
    • Weight: 28.1 grammes
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        bowl
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        AVRVRSICINVS
      • Inscription Translation

        (property of) Aurelius Ursicinus
  • Bibliography

    • Bland & Johns 1993 bibliographic details
    • Johns 2010 84 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    1994-1995 Oct-Jan, Ipswich Museum, The Hoxne Treasure

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1994

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1994,0408.84

  • Additional IDs

    • T304 (Treasure number)
Silver spoon (ligula or cignus), one of a set of ten spoons (1994,0408.81-90) with ownership inscriptions of Aurelius Ursicinus.  The spoon has a large oval bowl and a long, slender handle, compressed into an exaggerated, flattened S-shape and terminating in a  stylized bird’s head facing outwards. The eyes of the swan are oval, with extended lines forwards and backwards, and its nostrils are marked on the wide, flat beak; these lines are all inlaid with niello. The handle attachment has some decorative profiling, and the name inscription AVRVRSICINVS within the bowl is inlaid with niello, some of which has been lost.

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Silver spoon (ligula or cignus), one of a set of ten spoons (1994,0408.81-90) with ownership inscriptions of Aurelius Ursicinus. The spoon has a large oval bowl and a long, slender handle, compressed into an exaggerated, flattened S-shape and terminating in a stylized bird’s head facing outwards. The eyes of the swan are oval, with extended lines forwards and backwards, and its nostrils are marked on the wide, flat beak; these lines are all inlaid with niello. The handle attachment has some decorative profiling, and the name inscription AVRVRSICINVS within the bowl is inlaid with niello, some of which has been lost.

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