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  • Description

    Gilded silver pepper pot, damaged and restored. The small hollow container is in the form of a reclining ibex, worked in thin sheet silver with some gilding. The animal is intended to be viewed when placed facing left. His head is turned to the left and looking down,and he has a long coat indicated by deep grooving. The two long curved horns marked with deep transverse grooves were separately made over a core that has expanded and split the metal. The ears are crisply formed from small sheet-silver inserts. The base is incomplete; much of the edge is ragged, but even where it appears finished, there could have been additional depth where the floor of the container was attached. One dark blue glass eye inlay survives. The hooves are gilded, as is the ground beneath the animal and the vegetation upon it. Separate fragments of the spice-dispensing mechanism in the base indicate that there were heart-shaped apertures outlined in square-sectioned wire.


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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 62 millimetres (approx.)
    • Length: 62 millimetres (approx)
    • Weight: 41.4 grammes (present weight as restored)
    • Weight: 45 grammes (estimated original weight)
  • Bibliography

    • Bland & Johns 1993 bibliographic details
    • Johns 2010 35 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G49/dc23

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  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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  • Additional IDs

    • T304 (Treasure number)
Gilded silver pepper pot in form of a recumbent ibex, damaged.

Gilded silver pepper pot in form of a recumbent ibex, damaged.

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