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spoon / cignus

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  • 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 AVRVRSICINI within the bowl is inlaid with niello.


  • Culture/period

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 110 millimetres
    • Length: 73 millimetres (bowl)
    • Width: 42 millimetres (bowl)
    • Weight: 27.5 grammes
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Translation

        (property of) Aurelius Ursincinus
  • Bibliography

    • Bland & Johns 1993 bibliographic details
    • Johns 2010 81 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

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

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • T304 (Treasure number)
COMPASS Title: The Aurelius Ursicinus spoons from the Hoxne hoard


COMPASS Title: The Aurelius Ursicinus spoons from the Hoxne hoard

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