Detail of a piece of a silver platter

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From Traprain Law, East Lothian

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Detail of a piece of a silver platter

This is a detail of a piece of a silver platter found at Traprain Law in East Lothian. It was part of a hoard containing over 150 silver objects buried between 410 and 425 AD. The platter may have been made in Alexandria.

This detail shows part of the outside of the platter, which is ornamented in repoussé technique. Between two facing heads, one male and one female, is a hunting scene.

All the silver in the large Traprain Law hoard was treated as scrap, with virtually all of it cut up and bent over. It probably represents payment to ensure the loyalty of a friendly chief, but other theories include payment for warriors or loot.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-995-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.GVA 36
Date: Deposited between 410 and 425 AD
Material: Silver; shallow; head of Hercules in medallion; hunting scenes outside
Dimensions: 10.00" D; weight 26.45 oz
What: Platter / portion
Where: Scotland, East Lothian, Traprain Law
Description: Half of a silver platter with the head of Hercules in medallion and hunting scenes outside, from Traprain Law
  • Curle, Alexander O. The treasure of Traprain. A Scottish hoard of Roman silver plate. Glasgow: Maclehose, Jackson and Co., 1923, pp. 41-3. 
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