War trophies or cutlery: what is the true purpose of the items from the Hildesheim treasure?

War trophies or cutlery: what is the true purpose of the items from the Hildesheim treasure?

18 June 2019, 15:29
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The Hildesheim treasure is a treasure of 69 silverware (vessels, plates and other items for food, drink and other purposes), found on October 17, 1868 in the German city of Hildesheim.

The treasures found are considered the largest collection of Roman silver ever found outside the borders of the Roman Empire.

Most of the treasures date back to about I century BC. er It is believed that the items from the treasure were table items of the Roman commander, possibly Publius Quintilla Var, who led military operations in Germany. However, some scientists suggest that these items were more like trophies of war than table items.

Most scholars now admit that all the items from the Hildesheim treasure were made in the border workshops of the northwestern Roman provinces.

The treasure was found at a depth of 2 m under the ground by Prussian soldiers. Currently, treasure items are in the collection of the Antique Assembly (Old Museum) in Berlin. Copies of the objects were made for the Museum of Victoria and Albert and the galvanocopy for the Pushkin Museum.

The treasure contains plates, tureens, cups, glasses, trays, ladles, egg holders, salt shakers, as well as a small folding three-legged table, a candelabrum and a three-legged pedestal. One of the most beautiful objects is the so-called Chalice of Minerva (or the Chalice of Athena). The bowl depicts Minerva, who sits on a rock throne and holds a cane in his right hand and a shield in his left.
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