The Great Dish from the Mildenhall treasure
The Great Dish from the Mildenhall treasure, pictured through the glass of a display case at the British Museum.
The Mildenhall treasure consists of over thirty items of high quality Roman silverware, and was found in 1942 in a field near Mildenhall, Suffolk, UK during ploughing. The British Museum dates the silver tableware at fourth century AD.
The Great Dish is the most significant item of the treasure. The solid silver dish is 60.5 cm (nearly two feet) in diameter, and weighs over 8kg (18lbs). The outer section of the relief decoration depicts revellers which include Hercules, Pan, and Baccus. The design of the inner section is centred on a sea god who is probably Neptune or Oceanus, and has seaweed for a beard and fish entangled in his hair. He is surrounded by nymphs and fairly innocuous sea monsters.
The British Museum:
www.britishmuseum.org/explore/online_tours/britain/buried... (includes a picture of the entire dish).