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Sevso Treasure


The Sevso Treasure is a hoard of silver objects from the late
Roman Empire, that may be illicit antiquities.

 

The treasure trove consists of 14 large decorated silver vessels and the copper cauldron which contained them, and has been dated to the late fourth or early fifth century AD.

 

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 Vienna was offered for sale in London.

 

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 Switzerland stated that the treasure had been found in the Tyre and Sidon regions of Lebanon, and on that basis the consortium negotiated to sell the collection to the Getty Museum for $10 million.

 

When that deal fell through, the treasure was put up for sale in New York in 1990 by Sotheby's, described as being from "what was once the province of Phoenicia in the Eastern Roman Empire".

 

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)

 

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