With contributions by Janet Lang, Michael J. Hughes, Roger Tomlin and Jude Plouviez and a foreword by Hartwig Fischer.
This title is a key publication on one of the British Museum’s most iconic finds and features some of the finest pieces of Roman craftsmanship known from throughout the Roman Empire.
Discovered in Suffolk in 1942, the Mildenhall Treasure is one of the most important collections of Late Roman silver tableware from the Roman Empire and one of the most iconic sets of objects in the British Museum.
This generously illustrated book offers a comprehensive study of the 28 pieces of the Mildenhall Treasure, the majority of which was crafted in the fourth century AD. The catalogue section provides an in- depth study of the form, decoration and mythological themes of the individual pieces, as well as discussing parallels with other items of silver plate known from this period.
Full publication of the Mildenhall Treasure is long overdue; the previous book was published in 1977 by K.S. Painter and is now out of print. It will have international appeal to archaeologists, historians and art historians due to the empire-wide importance of the material, and will be of particular interest to those studying the material culture of the Late Roman empire, especially Roman Britain.
More about the author
Richard Hobbs is the Weston Curator of Roman Britain at the British Museum. His research interests include the deposition of precious metals and food and banqueting, particularly in the Late Roman empire. Previous publications include (with Ralph Jackson), Roman Britain: Life at the Edge of the Empire and The Mildenhall Treasure (British Museum Objects in Focus).