Gold and milliefiori purse lid.
a. Gold frame of purse-lid: sub-rectangular with straight top and curved ends; three hinges on straight edge, 4 U-shaped garnet inlaid lobes inside straight edge.  Lower edge is double-curved with a central projecting tongue. Filigree edging with inner border of  oblong cloisonné garnets and blue/white and blue/black chequered millefiori.
b.Gold mount, sub-rectangular. Decorated with two pairs of confronted interlaced animals, linked together, all in cloisonne garnet work. The eye cell of one beast and back leg cell of another are empty. Four gold flat-headed rivets on back, and ten empty rivet holes.
c & d. Two gold mounts, hexagonal. Sides of uneven length, longer at top. Filled with geometric cloisonne garnet pattern. At the centre of each is trapezoidal setting with gold foil backing, but no garnet present. Four rivets on back, and rivet hole in centre.
e & f. Two gold mounts in form of bird of prey attacking a duck. In cloisonne garnet work, with blue/black milliefiori chequer on hip of large bird, and blue ring around eye. Milliefiori missing from parts of duck on both. Very small garnet cells used to give feather impression on both birds. Four plain rivets in situ and ten empty rivet holes.
g & h. Two gold openwork mounts, depicting man between two rampant lions. Worked in cloisonne garnet and milliefiori, with large body cells. Some garnets missing from both mounts. Rivets in lions's eyes and man's feet. G on left and H on right in reconstruction.
i & j. Two gold circular studs. Pattern of six larger cells filled with garnets alternating with two small cells, repeated five times around rims. Central cavity contains heads of two plain gold rivets. I on left and J on right in reconstruction.
k & l. Two circular gold studs. Pattern of four larger cells filled with garnets alternating with two small cells, repeated five times around rim. Central cavity contains heads of two plain gold rivets. K on left and L on right in reconstruction.

The Sutton Hoo Purse-Lid
1939,1010.2.a-l,
AN124279

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