Danube Virtual Museum


Title: Simpulum(ladle)
Site: Текija / Transdierna
Location/Region: Tekija, Đerdap
Chrolonology: 1 AD - 500
Museum: National Museum in Belgrade
Country: Serbia
Culture: Roman
Closer Dating: The second half of the 1st century
Material: Silver
Dimensions: R. 5,9; 3,7cm, L. 7,7cm, H. 10cm
Production Technique: Casting, Repoussè

Mano-ZisiĐ. 1957, Nalaz iz Tekije,Beograd

Popović I.1994. Antičko srebro u Srbiji, Beograd

Ratković D. 2007. Balkani, Antiche civilita tra il Danubio e l Adriatico, (eds. T. Cvjetićanin, G. Gentili, V. Krstić), Milano 2007.


Simpulum with calotte shape recipient and vertical handles. The rim ring is highlighted and the outside of the handle is decorated with floral ornaments, grape leaves and two flowers. The top to the handle depicts the mask of Medusa, with ivy and flower garland (corona convivales) and swans, on the left and right side of the Medusa’s head. The bottom of the handle is adorned with volutes and two wildfowl. On its bottom stands an italic label: VALERI Po/o L VI (Pondo libras VI)