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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Silver spoon bowl, hemispherical in profile with a flat base. The bowl has a slightly collared rim; at the base of the inside of the bowl, the central lathe mark is visible, around which are incised concentric circles. Belongs with handle 1946,1007.23.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 4thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 60.7 millimetres (rim diameter)
    • Weight: 41.8 grammes
    • Height: 22 millimetres
    • Volume: 44 millilitres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

        I III
      • Inscription Transliteration

        I III
      • Inscription Translation

      • Inscription Comment

        Latin '3?'
  • Curator's comments

    Silver ladles from the Mildenhall treasure

    Roman Britain, 4th century AD
    Found in Mildenhall, Suffolk

    Deep, round-bowled spoons or ladles like this have been found in many late-Roman silver hoards. The decorative dolphin handles of these examples are gilded and originally had inlays, probably of glass, in their eyes. They resemble some of the dolphins depicted in the Hoxne treasure.

    The solder which originally attached the handles to the bowls has decayed during the time spent buried in the ground; it is now difficult to tell which handle belongs to which bowl.


  • Bibliography

    • Painter 1977a bibliographic details
    • Hobbs 2008 bibliographic details
    • Hobbs 2016 cat. 18 (see also 1946,1007.23) bibliographic details
    • Hobbs & Jackson 2010 p. 150, fig. 121 bibliographic details
    • Roman Britain 1964 p. 40 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G49/dc22

  • Exhibition history

    2005-2006 25 Jul-13 Jan, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2005 12 Feb-26 Jun, Newcastle, Hancock Museum, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2004-2005 1 Oct-15 Jan, Manchester Museum, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2004 30 Apr-21 Sep, Cardiff, National Museums & Galleries of Wales, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2003-2004 21 Nov-14 Mar, London, BM, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Found while ploughing, 1942

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


COMPASS Title: Silver ladles from the Mildenhall treasure


COMPASS Title: Silver ladles from the Mildenhall treasure

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