Silver Ladle (trulla)

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It is a deep, hammered hemispherical vessel. Its handle has a representation of a partly nude Aphrodite standing on a pedestal. In her upraised hands the goddess holds a flower and the end of her hair ribbon. The owners of the Mytilene treasure were Christians as attested by the crosses that decorate some of the items, but they did not reject mythological subjects, like the representation of Aphrodite. Such an attitude was common among wealthy and aristocratic Christians of that time.