The Berthouville Silver Treasure and Roman Luxury (Hardback)
  • The Berthouville Silver Treasure and Roman Luxury (Hardback)

The Berthouville Silver Treasure and Roman Luxury (Hardback)

Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 28/11/2014
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This sumpluously illustrated and elegantly produced volume unveils an ancient treasure to modern-day readers. In 1830 a farmer ploughing a field near the village of Berthouville in Normandy, discovered a trave of ancient Roman silver objects weighing some 55 pounds (25 kilograms). The Berthouville Treasure, as the find came to be known, includes two statuettes representing the Gallo-Roman god Mercury and approximately sixty vessels - bowls, cups, pitchers, and plates, many of which bear votive inscriptions - along with dozens of smaller components and fragments. Dedicated to Mercury by various individuals, the treasure, including some of the finest ancient Roman silver to survive, fortunately escaped being melted down. This sumptuously illustrated volume presents the highlights of the treasure and other Roman luxury arts from the holdings of the Cabinet des medailles - including precious gems, jewellrey, gold coins, and coloured marbles - and contextualizes them in a series of elucidating essays.

Publisher: Getty Trust Publications
ISBN: 9781606064207
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 1450 g
Dimensions: 282 x 234 x 22 mm

"This volume is an important contribution to our understanding of Roman luxury, and specifically silver plate and statuary, through the careful study of a treasure from a rural sanctuary in Gaul alongside Late Roman missoria."--Bryn Mawr Classical Review
"The publication matches its subject and thematic pitch: erudite, well-wrought, sumptuous..."--Times Literary Supplement

"This exhibition catalogue is an excellent study of a spectacular silver hoard from an ancient Roman shrine dedicated to the god Mercury in an area near the French town of Berthouville. . . . The essays are lucidly written; the illustrations, superb. Highly recommended."--Choice

"Excellent."--Classical Journal

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