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Silver-gilt cigni with a bird headed handle and bowl decorated with a mythical marine creature. 4th century CE from the Hoxne Hoard

Cignus (plural: cigni, "swan") is a name used by archaeologists for a type of large Roman spoon with a short, curved, handle, often formed as the neck and head of a swan. Cigni have been found in a number of Roman sites from the 4th and 5th centuries CE, including the Thetford[1] and Hoxne Hoards. It is not known for certain what they were called by the Romans, but there are references to cigni in Roman sources in appropriate contexts.

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  1. ^ British Museum retrieved 27th June 2010

Further reading[edit]

  • Johns, Catherine (2010), The Hoxne Late Roman Treasure: Gold Jewellery and Silver Plate, British Museum Press, ISBN 978-0-7141-1817-8. , pp. 98-106
  • Harald Mielsch, 'Miszellen zur spätantiken Toreutik', in Archäologisches Anzeiger 1992, pp. 111-152.