Silver handle of a large dish

Period: Mid-Imperial, Antonine or Severan

Date: 2nd–early 3rd century A.D.

Culture: Roman

Medium: Silver, gold

Dimensions: 3.2lb. (1.4kg)
Other: 14 3/8in. (36.5cm)

Classification: Gold and Silver

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1906

Accession Number: 06.1106


The Romans prized silver tableware very highly and liked to collect large sets for show as much as for use. Consequently, many of the vessels were highly decorative; mythological scenes and favorite pastimes such as hunting frequently served as subjects. Here many details of the relief have been highlighted with gilding.