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skillet

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1893,0618.14

  • Description

    Copper alloy skillet. The decoration features creatures from the sea and a design of intertwining vine and ivy leaves. The end of the handle is formed by two dolphins, with their tails twisted around each other and they support a scallop-shell between them. Where the handle joins the bowl of the vessel, a cupid emerges from the waves of the sea between two ketoi, mythical sea-monsters.
    The handle decoration is cast and enhanced with copper and niello inlay and tin-plating, providing colour-contrasts of red, black and white against the bronze background.

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  • Culture/period

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  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 165 millimetres
    • Length: 150 millimetres (handle)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        Boduogenus.f
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Boduogenus f(ecit)
      • Inscription Translation

        Boduogenus made (it)
  • Curator's comments

    Bronze pan made by Boduogenus

    Roman Britain, 2nd century AD
    Found in Prickwillow, Isle of Ely, Cambridgeshire (1838)

    This beautiful bronze vessel was made by a Celtic craftsman named Boduogenus. His name (which could be either Gaulish or British) appears on the handle in the form Boduogenus.f(ecit) ('Boduogenus made (it)').

    The decoration features creatures from the sea, taken both from nature and myth, and a design of intertwining vine and ivy leaves. These all evoke the cult of the god Bacchus. The end of the handle is formed by two dolphins; their tails twist around each other, and they support a scallop-shell between them. Where the handle joins the bowl of the vessel, a cupid emerges from the waves of the sea between two ketoi, mythical sea-monsters.

    Though we do not know whether this superb vessel was made in Gaul or Britain, it demonstrates Roman design and ornament of the highest standard being achieved by a provincial craftsman.

    The handle decoration is cast and enhanced with copper and niello inlay and tin-plating, providing colour-contrasts of red, black and white against the bronze background.

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  • Bibliography

    • Bateman 1855 bibliographic details
    • R I B II.2, 2415.11, pp.46 bibliographic details
    • Roman Britain 1964 p. 38, pl. 18 Top Left bibliographic details
    • Hobbs & Jackson 2010 p. 66, fig. 51 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G49/dc16

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1893

  • Acquisition notes

    Found April 1838

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1893,0618.14

Copper alloy skillet.  The decoration features creatures from the sea and a design of intertwining vine and ivy leaves. The end of the handle is formed by two dolphins, with their tails twisted around each other and they support a scallop-shell between them. Where the handle joins the bowl of the vessel, a cupid emerges from the waves of the sea between two ketoi, mythical sea-monsters.  The handle decoration is cast and enhanced with copper and niello inlay and tin-plating, providing colour-contrasts of red, black and white against the bronze background.

Copper alloy skillet. The decoration features creatures from the sea and a design of intertwining vine and ivy leaves. The end of the handle is formed by two dolphins, with their tails twisted around each other and they support a scallop-shell between them. Where the handle joins the bowl of the vessel, a cupid emerges from the waves of the sea between two ketoi, mythical sea-monsters. The handle decoration is cast and enhanced with copper and niello inlay and tin-plating, providing colour-contrasts of red, black and white against the bronze background.

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