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Berthouville Treasure Cameo of Emperor Trajan. Roman, about A.D. 100. Sardonyx set in a seventeenth-century gold, enamel, and ruby mount H: 8.8 cm; L: 6.3 cm. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des monnaies, médailles et antiques, Paris. VEX.2014.1.103

Cameo of emperor Trajan, Roman, ca. AD Sardonyx set in mount…

AngloSaxon treasure hoard found in Staffordshire. A gold plaque with entwined and stylised arms Photograph: PR

AngloSaxon treasure hoard found in Staffordshire

AngloSaxon treasure hoard found in Staffordshire. A gold plaque with entwined and stylised arms Photograph: PR

The hoard was discovered in 2003 by Brian Malin while metal detecting on farmland near Chalgrove, less than ten miles from Oxford.  The jar in the ground held 4957 Roman coins ranging in date from AD 251 to 279. Most of the coins look bronze, but they contain some silver. But this hoard also held a surprise. Fused within the mass of coins lay hidden an important coin revealing the ‘lost emperor’, Domitianus.

Chalgrove Hoard- Coins of Roman coins and pottery container found at Chalgrove, Oxfordshire.

British Museum - People of Sutton Hoo Exhibit.

ancientpeoples: Disk pendant and necklace Century AD Roman Provincial/Early Anglo Saxon Excavated in Kent (Source: The British Museum)

This Iron Age hoard of 32 Gallo-Belgic E gold coins, known as ‘staters’, was found buried in a cow bone during archaeological excavations at Sedgeford, Norfolk in August 2003.   The coins were made by the Ambiani tribe of Gaul in what is now Northern France. The Ambiani fought against Julius Caesar’s Roman army. It is believed British mercenaries were also involved in the fighting. After defeat, the mercenaries or even refugee Gauls travelled to East Anglia to escape to safety.

The period of human history when the use of iron became widespread is called the Iron Age.

Berthouville Treasure Plate with Hercules Wrestling the Nemean Lion (detail), Roman, A.D. 500-600; silver.  Diam: 39.9 cm; Wt. 3.15 kilograms. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des monnaies, médailles et antiques, Paris. VEX.2014.1.96

‘Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville’ at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Villa

Plate with Hercules Wrestling the Nemean Lion (detail), Roman, A.

Berthouville Treasure: Accidentally discovered by a French farmer plowing his field near the village of Berthouville in rural Normandy in 1830, the spectacular hoard of gilt-silver statuettes and vessels known as the Berthouville Treasure was an ancient offering to the Gallo-Roman god Mercury.

‘Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville’ at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Villa

Discovered by a French farmer plowing his field in rural Normandy in the spectacular hoard of gilt-silver statuettes and vessels known as the Berthouville Treasure was an ancient offering to the Gallo-Roman god Mercury.

Berthouville Treasure Perfume Flask with the Seasons. Roman, 25 B.C.- A.D. 50. Cameo glass with modern resin neck and enameled metal foot; H: 15.5 cm. Spring, with a basket of fruit; Summer, holding wheat and poppies; Autumn, with grapes and pomegranates. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des monnaies, médailles et antiques, Paris. VEX.2014.1.172

‘Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville’ at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Villa

Perfume Flask with the Seasons, Roman, 25 B. cameo glass with a modern resin neck and enameled metal foot

Berthouville Treasure Cameo of Jupiter (The Cameo of Chartres). Roman, about A.D. 50. Sardonyx set in fourteenth-century gold and enamel mount H: 15.2 cm; L: 6.5 cm. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des monnaies, médailles et antiques, Paris. VEX.2014.1.104

‘Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville’ at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Villa

Cameo of Jupiter (The Cameo of Chartres), Roman, about A. Sardonyx set in a fourteenth-century gold and enamel mount. One of the best examples in existence of the interplay between and balance of Nature and Artistry.

Berthouville Treasure Beaker with Imagery Related to Isthmia and Corinth. Dedicated by Quintus Domitius Tutus. Inscribed: “MERCVRIO Q DOMITIVS TVTVS VSLM”, Roman, A.D. 1-100. Silver and gold; H: 12.5 cm; Diam: 10.3 cm; Wt: 463 grams. Modiolus. Poseidon (Neptune) and Demeter (Ceres). Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des monnaies, médailles et antiques, Paris. VEX.2014.1.10

‘Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville’ at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Villa

Beaker with Imagery Related to Isthmia and Corinth, 1 – Roman. Silver and gold.

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