The Sevso Treasure is a hoard of silver objects from the late
Most notable is a large dish, 70 cm which bears the inscription:
Hec Sevso tibi durent per saecula multa
Posteris ut prosint vascula digna tuis
May these, O Sevso, yours for many ages be
Small vessels fit to serve your offspring worthily.
The location, archaeological context and provenance of the find remain unknown.
The existence of such a hoard first came to attention in 1980 when a single piece in the possession of two antiquities dealers from
Further pieces reached the market, and what is believed to be the complete hoard was acquired by a consortium headed by Spencer Compton, 7th Marquess of Northampton.
Documentation from the Lebanese Embassy in
When that deal fell through, the treasure was put up for sale in
In March 2007 The Art Newspaper reported that a further "187 silvergilt spoons, 37 silvergilt drinking cups, and 5 silver bowls", previously unknown, but part of the original hoard, were reputed to exist.
Kemo D. (a.k.a. no.7)