The Hildesheim Treasure is a trove of Roman silver that was unearthed by Prussian soldiers in 1868 near the small town of Hildesheim in Hanover. That puts it well outside the empire, spawning lots of speculation as to how it got there.
The treasure probably dates to the 1st century CE. So was it taken from Publius Varus after the disastrous Roman defeat in the Teutoburger Wood? That view has it defenders among scholars who think the whole assemblage of 70 vessels form a set of sorts.
But others think the pieces are too disparate in design to have been used as a set by such a rich, cultivated man as Varus, and that they were more likely accumulated over time. But how could that have been done? So the origin of the collection remains something of a mystery.
The most famous piece is the Minerva Bowl, above and at the top of the post.
But there are other amazing pieces.
Dish depicting the baby Hercules strangling the serpents.
The second most photographed item in the treasure is this krater.
Considering how poorly silver survives in average soil, we are very lucky that so much silver remains from the ancient world.