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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1975,1002.1

  • Description

    Silver jug, originally provided with one handle, of which only one fragment and slight solder marks remain. The marks indicate that the lower attachment was a heart shaped escutcheon, and marks on the rim show that the handle was horizontal, split and fastened at two points there. The vessel has an everted and upstanding rim, a slender neck, an ovoid body and a high, neatly profiled foot-ring. The lip is formed simply by angling of the rim opposite the point where the handle was fastened. The neck and body of the jug are covered with zones of relief decoration. The neck has three zones, an upper one of pendant leaf-forms below a roped border giving an ovolo-like effect; a narrow dividing zone of S-meander between roped lines; and a lower zone of upright leaves of basically acanthus form. There is a narrow plain zone on the shoulder. The body decoration is also in three zones, the upper, on the shoulder, consists of a leaf scroll with acanthus leaves and flower rosettes in alternate curves, the centre of the flowers and the acanthus buds being decorated with tiny rings. Below this zone, at about the point of maximum diameter, is a narrow dividing border like that on the neck - and S-meander between roped lines. The lowest zone, 7.5cm deep, contains upright acanthus buds and fully opened leaves, interspersed with small, simple rosettes.

    Half of a silver handle-attachment from the rim of a vessel. The handle has been wrenched out of the shape when broken. It has a stylised foliate design, cast and pierced.

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  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 203 millimetres
    • Diameter: 116 millimetres
    • Weight: 534 grammes
    • Length: 48 millimetres (handle)
    • Weight: 9.3 grammes (handle)
  • Curator's comments

    Decorated silver jug

    This richly decorated silver jug originally had a handle, of which only one damaged fragment of the rim-attachment (displayed alongside it) was found. Jugs and flagons in various shapes were popular in the late-Roman period. The elaborate decoration of leaves and acanthus scrolls in low relief is now closely paralleled on the small jug and beaker in the Hoxne treasure (see case 23).

    P&E 1975 10-2 1

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobbs & Jackson 2010 p. 136, fig. 108 bibliographic details
    • Painter 1977 p.12, pl.5 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G49/dc18

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2006 31 Mar-29 Oct, York, Yorkshire Museum, Constantine
    1996 30 Mar-13 Nov, Italy, Rimini, Sala dell’Arengo, Dalla Terra Alle Genti
    1989 23 Jun-31 Aug, Durham, Durham Cathedral Treasury, The Anglo-Saxon Connection

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1975

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1975,1002.1

Silver jug, originally provided with one handle, of which only one fragment and slight solder marks remain. The marks indicate that the lower attachment was a heart shaped escutcheon, and marks on the rim show that the handle was horizontal, split and fastened at two points there. The vessel has an everted and upstanding rim, a slender neck, an ovoid body and a high, neatly profiled foot-ring. The lip is formed simply by angling of the rim opposite the point where the handle was fastened. The neck and body of the jug are covered with zones of relief decoration. The neck has three zones, an upper one of pendant leaf-forms below a roped border giving an ovolo-like effect; a narrow dividing zone of S-meander between roped lines; and a lower zone of upright leaves of basically acanthus form. There is a narrow plain zone on the shoulder. The body decoration is also in three zones, the upper, on the shoulder, consists of a leaf scroll with acanthus leaves and flower rosettes in alternate curves, the centre of the flowers and the acanthus buds being decorated with tiny rings. Below this zone, at about the point of maximum diameter, is a narrow dividing border like that on the neck - and S-meander between roped lines. The lowest zone, 7.5cm deep, contains upright acanthus buds and fully opened leaves, interspersed with small, simple rosettes.    Half of a silver handle-attachment from the rim of a vessel. The handle has been wrenched out of the shape when broken. It has a stylised foliate design, cast and pierced.

Silver jug, originally provided with one handle, of which only one fragment and slight solder marks remain. The marks indicate that the lower attachment was a heart shaped escutcheon, and marks on the rim show that the handle was horizontal, split and fastened at two points there. The vessel has an everted and upstanding rim, a slender neck, an ovoid body and a high, neatly profiled foot-ring. The lip is formed simply by angling of the rim opposite the point where the handle was fastened. The neck and body of the jug are covered with zones of relief decoration. The neck has three zones, an upper one of pendant leaf-forms below a roped border giving an ovolo-like effect; a narrow dividing zone of S-meander between roped lines; and a lower zone of upright leaves of basically acanthus form. There is a narrow plain zone on the shoulder. The body decoration is also in three zones, the upper, on the shoulder, consists of a leaf scroll with acanthus leaves and flower rosettes in alternate curves, the centre of the flowers and the acanthus buds being decorated with tiny rings. Below this zone, at about the point of maximum diameter, is a narrow dividing border like that on the neck - and S-meander between roped lines. The lowest zone, 7.5cm deep, contains upright acanthus buds and fully opened leaves, interspersed with small, simple rosettes. Half of a silver handle-attachment from the rim of a vessel. The handle has been wrenched out of the shape when broken. It has a stylised foliate design, cast and pierced.

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