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terminal / drinking-horn

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1991,0411.2204

  • Description

    Silver-gilt drinking horn terminal, in the form of a simplified Style II bird head. The head is smoothly convex, the brow running in a full curve to form an arc with the rounded jaw; the beak is curved in a reflection of this. A deep furrow, possibly inlaid, runs forward from the back of the head to make the separation of the jaws. The terminal is broken immediately behind the head.

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  • Culture/period

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 37 millimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Carver 2005 p.261.23 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2002 12 Mar-present, Suffolk, Sutton Hoo Visitor Centre, 'Burial Ground of the Kings', LT Loan.

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1991

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1984-1991.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1991,0411.2204

  • Additional IDs

    • 41/11262

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