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    Gilded copper-alloy roundel, from a shield, box or saddle. The disc is decorated with a complex and symmetrical design in zoomorphic interlace contained within a raised double border, which is itself enclosed by a finely billeted outer frame. The design, cast with the mount and worked by hand, consists of two semi-circular fields each filled with two matching but mirror-imaged interlocked pairs of intricately interlaced Style II animals. The disc is cast and is pierced by a single, centrally placed dome-headed rivet which is clenched on the display surface over a thin ungilded (?) copper-alloy washer. The edge and back of the mount are are ungilded. The back is flat and featureless, apart from patches of a cream coloured ?organic deposit. The shank of the rivet is broken and projects 4mm beyond the surface.


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  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 49 millimetres (disc)
    • Thickness: 1.5 millimetres
    • Diameter: 7 millimetres (rivet head)
    • Length: 4 millimetres (rivet shank)
  • Bibliography

    • Carver 2005 p.261.22 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history


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

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  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1984-1991.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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  • Additional IDs

    • 41/4534


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