Gold body-chain, consisting of four chains joined at two plaques.  The chains passed over the shoulders and under the arms of the wearer, with a decorative focus where they join on the chest and the back.. The two plaques where the chains join comprise a gold coin of Emperor Gratian (reigned AD 367-383) in a decorative mount, and an oval setting for nine gems, a central amethyst, four garnets, and four empty round settings which probably contained pearls, now completely decayed. Condition shots for 'Buried treasure' exhibition.

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1994,0408.1

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Gold body-chain, consisting of four chains joined at two plaques. The chains passed over the shoulders and under the arms of the wearer, with a decorative focus where they join on the chest and the back.. The two plaques where the chains join comprise a gold coin of Emperor Gratian (reigned AD 367-383) in a decorative mount, and an oval setting for nine gems, a central amethyst, four garnets, and four empty round settings which probably contained pearls, now completely decayed. Condition shots for 'Buried treasure' exhibition.

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  • Gold body-chain, consisting of four chains joined at two plaques.  The chains passed over the shoulders and under the arms of the wearer, with a decorative focus where they join on the chest and the back.. The two plaques where the chains join comprise a gold coin of Emperor Gratian (reigned AD 367-383) in a decorative mount, and an oval setting for nine gems, a central amethyst, four garnets, and four empty round settings which probably contained pearls, now completely decayed. Condition shots for 'Buried treasure' exhibition.

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  • Gold body-chain, consisting of four chains joined at two plaques.  The chains passed over the shoulders and under the arms of the wearer, with a decorative focus where they join on the chest and the back.. The two plaques where the chains join comprise a gold coin of Emperor Gratian (reigned AD 367-383) in a decorative mount, and an oval setting for nine gems, a central amethyst, four garnets, and four empty round settings which probably contained pearls, now completely decayed. Condition shots for 'Buried treasure' exhibition.

    Full: Front

  • Gold body-chain, consisting of four chains joined at two plaques.  The chains passed over the shoulders and under the arms of the wearer, with a decorative focus where they join on the chest and the back.. The two plaques where the chains join comprise a gold coin of Emperor Gratian (reigned AD 367-383) in a decorative mount, and an oval setting for nine gems, a central amethyst, four garnets, and four empty round settings which probably contained pearls, now completely decayed. Condition shots for 'Buried treasure' exhibition.

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  • Gold body-chain, consisting of four chains joined at two plaques.  The chains passed over the shoulders and under the arms of the wearer, with a decorative focus where they join on the chest and the back.. The two plaques where the chains join comprise a gold coin of Emperor Gratian (reigned AD 367-383) in a decorative mount, and an oval setting for nine gems, a central amethyst, four garnets, and four empty round settings which probably contained pearls, now completely decayed. Condition shots for 'Buried treasure' exhibition.

    Full: Front

  • Gold body-chain, consisting of four chains joined at two plaques.  The chains passed over the shoulders and under the arms of the wearer, with a decorative focus where they join on the chest and the back.. The two plaques where the chains join comprise a gold coin of Emperor Gratian (reigned AD 367-383) in a decorative mount, and an oval setting for nine gems, a central amethyst, four garnets, and four empty round settings which probably contained pearls, now completely decayed. Condition shots for 'Buried treasure' exhibition.

    Full: Front

  • Gold body-chain, consisting of four chains joined at two plaques.  The chains passed over the shoulders and under the arms of the wearer, with a decorative focus where they join on the chest and the back.. The two plaques where the chains join comprise a gold coin of Emperor Gratian (reigned AD 367-383) in a decorative mount, and an oval setting for nine gems, a central amethyst, four garnets, and four empty round settings which probably contained pearls, now completely decayed. Condition shots for 'Buried treasure' exhibition.

    Full: Front

  • Gold body-chain, consisting of four chains joined at two plaques.  The chains passed over the shoulders and under the arms of the wearer, with a decorative focus where they join on the chest and the back.. The two plaques where the chains join comprise a gold coin of Emperor Gratian (reigned AD 367-383) in a decorative mount, and an oval setting for nine gems, a central amethyst, four garnets, and four empty round settings which probably contained pearls, now completely decayed. Condition shots for 'Buried treasure' exhibition.

    Full: Front

  • Gold body-chain, consisting of four chains joined at two plaques.  The chains passed over the shoulders and under the arms of the wearer, with a decorative focus where they join on the chest and the back.. The two plaques where the chains join comprise a gold coin of Emperor Gratian (reigned AD 367-383) in a decorative mount, and an oval setting for nine gems, a central amethyst, four garnets, and four empty round settings which probably contained pearls, now completely decayed. Condition shots for 'Buried treasure' exhibition.

    Full: Front

  • Gold body-chain, consisting of four chains joined at two plaques.  The chains passed over the shoulders and under the arms of the wearer, with a decorative focus where they join on the chest and the back.. The two plaques where the chains join comprise a gold coin of Emperor Gratian (reigned AD 367-383) in a decorative mount, and an oval setting for nine gems, a central amethyst, four garnets, and four empty round settings which probably contained pearls, now completely decayed. Condition shots for 'Buried treasure' exhibition.

    Full: Front

  • Gold body-chain, consisting of four chains joined at two plaques.  The chains passed over the shoulders and under the arms of the wearer, with a decorative focus where they join on the chest and the back.. The two plaques where the chains join comprise a gold coin of Emperor Gratian (reigned AD 367-383) in a decorative mount, and an oval setting for nine gems, a central amethyst, four garnets, and four empty round settings which probably contained pearls, now completely decayed. Condition shots for 'Buried treasure' exhibition.

    Full: Front

  • Gold body-chain, consisting of four chains joined at two plaques.  The chains passed over the shoulders and under the arms of the wearer, with a decorative focus where they join on the chest and the back.. The two plaques where the chains join comprise a gold coin of Emperor Gratian (reigned AD 367-383) in a decorative mount, and an oval setting for nine gems, a central amethyst, four garnets, and four empty round settings which probably contained pearls, now completely decayed. Condition shots for 'Buried treasure' exhibition.

    Full: Front

  • Gold body-chain, consisting of four chains joined at two plaques.  The chains passed over the shoulders and under the arms of the wearer, with a decorative focus where they join on the chest and the back.. The two plaques where the chains join comprise a gold coin of Emperor Gratian (reigned AD 367-383) in a decorative mount, and an oval setting for nine gems, a central amethyst, four garnets, and four empty round settings which probably contained pearls, now completely decayed. Condition shots for 'Buried treasure' exhibition.

    Full: Front

  • Gold body-chain, consisting of four chains joined at two plaques.  The chains passed over the shoulders and under the arms of the wearer, with a decorative focus where they join on the chest and the back.. The two plaques where the chains join comprise a gold coin of Emperor Gratian (reigned AD 367-383) in a decorative mount, and an oval setting for nine gems, a central amethyst, four garnets, and four empty round settings which probably contained pearls, now completely decayed. Condition shots for 'Buried treasure' exhibition.

    Full: Front

  • Gold body-chain, consisting of four chains joined at two plaques.  The chains passed over the shoulders and under the arms of the wearer, with a decorative focus where they join on the chest and the back.. The two plaques where the chains join comprise a gold coin of Emperor Gratian (reigned AD 367-383) in a decorative mount, and an oval setting for nine gems, a central amethyst, four garnets, and four empty round settings which probably contained pearls, now completely decayed. Condition shots for 'Buried treasure' exhibition.

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  • COMPASS Title: Gold jewellery from the Hoxne hoard

    Group of Objects

  • Gold body-chain, consisting of four chains joined at two plaques.  The chains passed over the shoulders and under the arms of the wearer, with a decorative focus where they join on the chest and the back.. The two plaques where the chains join comprise a gold coin of Emperor Gratian (reigned AD 367-383) in a decorative mount, and an oval setting for nine gems, a central amethyst, four garnets, and four empty round settings which probably contained pearls, now completely decayed.

    Full: Front

  • Gold body-chain, consisting of four chains joined at two plaques.  The chains passed over the shoulders and under the arms of the wearer, with a decorative focus where they join on the chest and the back.. The two plaques where the chains join comprise a gold coin of Emperor Gratian (reigned AD 367-383) in a decorative mount, and an oval setting for nine gems, a central amethyst, four garnets, and four empty round settings which probably contained pearls, now completely decayed.

    Full: Front

  • Gold body-chain, consisting of four chains joined at two plaques.  The chains passed over the shoulders and under the arms of the wearer, with a decorative focus where they join on the chest and the back.. The two plaques where the chains join comprise a gold coin of Emperor Gratian (reigned AD 367-383) in a decorative mount, and an oval setting for nine gems, a central amethyst, four garnets, and four empty round settings which probably contained pearls, now completely decayed.

    Full: Front

  • Gold body-chain, consisting of four chains joined at two plaques.  The chains passed over the shoulders and under the arms of the wearer, with a decorative focus where they join on the chest and the back.. The two plaques where the chains join comprise a gold coin of Emperor Gratian (reigned AD 367-383) in a decorative mount, and an oval setting for nine gems, a central amethyst, four garnets, and four empty round settings which probably contained pearls, now completely decayed.

    Group of Objects

  • Silver pepper pot in form of hollow silver bust of Imperial lady of late Roman period, with gilded details on clothes and jewellery. The pot has a disc in the base which could be turned to three positions, one closed, one with large openings to enable the pot to be filled with ground pepper, and a third which revealed groups of small holes for sprinkling.

    Group of Objects

  • Silver pepper pot in form of hollow silver bust of Imperial lady of late Roman period, with gilded details on clothes and jewellery. The pot has a disc in the base which could be turned to three positions, one closed, one with large openings to enable the pot to be filled with ground pepper, and a third which revealed groups of small holes for sprinkling. Gold pierced bracelet with inscription to Juliane.  Borders are applied ribbons of gold with central groove, and hoop is opus interrasile pattern forming background to letters and leaves.

    Group of Objects

  • Gold body-chain, consisting of four chains joined at two plaques.  The chains passed over the shoulders and under the arms of the wearer, with a decorative focus where they join on the chest and the back.. The two plaques where the chains join comprise a gold coin of Emperor Gratian (reigned AD 367-383) in a decorative mount, and an oval setting for nine gems, a central amethyst, four garnets, and four empty round settings which probably contained pearls, now completely decayed.

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  • Body-chain with coin-set clasp and jewelled mount. Four chains are joined so as to form an upper-body decoration passing over the shoulders and under the arms of the wearer, and crossing at the front and back. The chains are of complex loop-in-loop construction connected laterally to form a thick flat strap, rather than a round-sectioned chain. They terminate in three-dimensional lions' heads. The lions have large eyes, rounded ears and flat muzzles. A plain tubular collar behind each head contains the end of the chain, fixed in place by a rivet, and each lion has a small ring in its mouth that connects with further rings to link with the frontal plaque, and to gold hooks at the other end, which connect with the back plaque to form a clasp. The collars that enclose the ends of the chains are encircled at each end by a band of twisted, square-sectioned wire.   The clasp at the back of the body chain takes the form of an octagonal open-backed mount set with a gold coin. A border in pierced gold features a foliate design of leafy spirals at the corners, meeting in the centre of each side over a heart-shaped leaf. This openwork border has been backed with sheet gold, so that it now appears simply as a design in relief on a solid background, and four ribbed rings are soldered to the backing in diagonal positions.   The coin is a solidus of Gratian (AD 367-83). At the front of the body chain is a roughly oval gold setting for nine gems. It has a slightly concave solid back. The centre oval cell contains a cabochon amethyst, and surrounding it four almond-shaped garnets (one damaged) alternate with four empty circular cells still containing some sulphur. These may have contained pearls.

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  • Body-chain with coin-set clasp and jewelled mount. Four chains are joined so as to form an upper-body decoration passing over the shoulders and under the arms of the wearer, and crossing at the front and back. The chains are of complex loop-in-loop construction connected laterally to form a thick flat strap, rather than a round-sectioned chain. They terminate in three-dimensional lions' heads. The lions have large eyes, rounded ears and flat muzzles. A plain tubular collar behind each head contains the end of the chain, fixed in place by a rivet, and each lion has a small ring in its mouth that connects with further rings to link with the frontal plaque, and to gold hooks at the other end, which connect with the back plaque to form a clasp. The collars that enclose the ends of the chains are encircled at each end by a band of twisted, square-sectioned wire.   The clasp at the back of the body chain takes the form of an octagonal open-backed mount set with a gold coin. A border in pierced gold features a foliate design of leafy spirals at the corners, meeting in the centre of each side over a heart-shaped leaf. This openwork border has been backed with sheet gold, so that it now appears simply as a design in relief on a solid background, and four ribbed rings are soldered to the backing in diagonal positions.   The coin is a solidus of Gratian (AD 367-83). At the front of the body chain is a roughly oval gold setting for nine gems. It has a slightly concave solid back. The centre oval cell contains a cabochon amethyst, and surrounding it four almond-shaped garnets (one damaged) alternate with four empty circular cells still containing some sulphur. These may have contained pearls.

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