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From Traprain Law, East Lothian

Postcard of Flagon.
© National Museums Scotland


This silver gilt flagon was found at Traprain Law in East Lothian. It was part of a hoard containing over 150 silver objects, mainly tableware, buried between 410 and 425 AD. This picture shows a detail of one of the figural scenes.

The flagon has been restored from three crushed and folded pieces. It is ornamented in repoussé technique, illustrating Paradise on the top section and Biblical scenes on the lower. Here the Adoration of the Magi is depicted.

Although some Roman soldiers may have been Christian, there is no evidence Christianity influenced the native population. Christian objects, however, are sometimes found, though in the case of the Traprain Law items, they were valued only as scrap metal.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-992-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.GVA 1
Date: Deposited between 410 and 425 AD
Material: Silver; showing The Fall, The Adoration, Moses striking the Rock, etc
Dimensions: 8.50" H; weight 13.70 oz
Where: Scotland, East Lothian, Traprain Law
Description: Silver flagon with repoussé decoration of biblical scenes, from Traprain Law
  • Curle, Alexander O. The treasure of Traprain. A Scottish hoard of Roman silver plate. Glasgow: Maclehose, Jackson and Co., 1923, pp. 13-9. 
  • Kent, J.P.C. and Painter, K.S. Wealth of the Roman world AD 300-700. London: Trustees of the British Museum, 1977, p.123. 
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