The Juliana Bracelet from the Hoxne hoard

British Museum

British Museum

The Hoxne (pronounced 'Hoxon') hoard is the richest find of treasure from Roman Britain. Alongside the approximately 15,000 coins were many other precious objects, buried for safety at a time when Britain was passing out of Roman control. This finely worked pierced bracelet incorporates the phrase UTERE FELIX DOMINA IULIANE. The lettering, spacing and spelling are idiosyncratic, but the sense is clear, wishing good fortune to 'Lady Juliana', the owner of the object. Good-luck wishes, especially utere felix ('use [this] happily') were quite often inscribed on valuable personal possessions such as jewellery in the late-Roman period.

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  • Title: The Juliana Bracelet from the Hoxne hoard
  • Physical Dimensions: Diameter: 65.00-70.00mm (internal); Width: 12.00mm; Weight: 23.50g
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: pierced; opus interrasile
  • Subject: leaf
  • Registration number: 1994,0408.29
  • Place: Excavated/Findspot Hoxne
  • Period/culture: Romano-British
  • Material: gold
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Treasure Trove HM Treasury. With contribution from Art Fund. With contribution from National Heritage Memorial Fund. With contribution from British Museum Friends