The Staffordshire Moorlands pan
- Object Number: STKMG:2006.LH.1
- Simple: pan
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- Summary: The Staffordshire Moorlands pan. A Roman, second century AD cast, copper-alloy bowl, inlaid with several colours of enamel. Text, inscribed after casting, lists four forts at the westernmost end of Hadrian's Wall, as well as the wall itself, and the person, Draco, for whom or by whom the pan was made. Pan is missing its base and horizontal handle. The pan is jointly owned with the British Museum and Tullie House, Carlisle. Found in Ilam Parish, Staffordshire, 2003.
- Inscription:MAISCOGGABATAVXELODVNVMCAMMOGLANNARIGOREVALIAELIDRACONIS inlaid turquoise enamel above band of roundels
- Additional Notes: A copper-alloy pan (trulla), with polychrome enamel inlay, lacking its handle and base. The circular bowl, though a little distorted in places, is complete, with a simple beaded rim and raised foot ring. A narrow zone of differential corrosion and solder splash in an arc immediately beneath the rim discloses the former position of the handle and its width at the point of contact. The handle would probably have been flat, of bow-tie shape, with enamel inlay on the upper surface. The convex wall of the pan is decorated with a band of Celtic-style curvilinear ornament - eight roundels, with eight pairs of intervening hollow-sided triangles. Each roundel ecloses a swirling six-armed whiligig centred on a three-petalled device. The arrangement of coloured inlays - combinations and permutations of red, blue, turquoise, yellow and purple varies from roundel to roundel. Immediately above the band of roundels is an engraved inscription, inlaid with turquoise enamel, which runs around the pan in an unbroken and unpunctuated sequence of 57 letters.
- Contact: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery