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Sutton Hoo helmet

From Mound 1, Sutton Hoo, Suffolk
Anglo-Saxon


Height: 31.8 cm
Width: 21.5 cm

 

M&ME 1939,10-10,93

Sutton Hoo helmet

From: Mound 1, Sutton Hoo, Suffolk, England
Date: early 7th century AD

This magnificent helmet is from the ancient burial at Sutton Hoo, where a man was buried in a ship, this helmet lying next to his body. He would have worn the helmet, possibly to show he was a warrior. When it was dug up it had shattered into over 500 pieces, which conservators carefully put back together - like doing a huge 3-D jigsaw puzzle.

The helmet hides a number of animals - boars heads on the eyebrows, a dragon head above the nose and a great bird made up of the eyebrows and nose.