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  • Description

    A silver strainer, its bowl pierced with two circles and twelve radiating lines of small holes, each radiating line ending in a group of four holes. There is a separate ring of silver with a segmented pattern on the surface, which fits the rim of the bowl. The handle, which may be partly gilt, has been broken and repaired with three large rivets in antiquity. The handle has engraved decoration, decorative notches along the edges, and at the end a disc, 1-9 cm. in diameter, bearing an engraved Chi-Rho and alpha and omega within a circle of punched dots.


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  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 202 millimetres
    • Weight: 64.6 grammes
    • Diameter: 60 millimetres (bowl)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        handle end
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

        A XP ω
      • Inscription Transliteration

        alpha Chi-Rho omega
  • Curator's comments

    Silver strainer

    Round-bowled strainers of various sizes occur in many late-Roman hoards of domestic silver. They were used to strain the sediment from wine as it was poured into a drinking vessel. This example features Christian symbols on the disc at the end of the handle.

    P&E 1975 10-2 9


  • Bibliography

    • R I B II.2, 2414.3, 31 bibliographic details
    • Painter 1977 p.13, pl.7 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G49/dc18

  • Exhibition history

    2007 2 Jun-4 Nov, Germany, Trier, Bischöfliche Dom und Diözesanmuseum, Constantine the Great
    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

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  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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