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    Strap-link in the form of an iron ring to which are attached a pair of strap fixings and a pendant mount in the form of a conjoined neck or bird-tailed tab of copper-alloy overlaid with a similarly shaped sheet of silver that is soldered in position. The ends of the tab develop into highly stylised bird heads, which are mercury gilded. The back is plain. The strap holders consist of thin rectangular iron plates, clenched by three rivets with domed heads covered with silver sheet, also soldered in place: a small attachment ring rises from the plates. The mineralised remains of a folded strapsurvive between the plates. From the horse harness. Pair to 1991,0411.2890.


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    • Length: 32 millimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Carver 2005 p.248.29a bibliographic details
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    2002 12 Mar-present, Woodbridge, Suffolk, Sutton Hoo Visitor Centre, 'Burial Ground of the Kings', LT Loan.

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    Excavated 1982-1992. Excavation funded by The British Museum and the Society of Antiquaries, London.

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    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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  • Additional IDs

    • 48/8071
Group of strap fittings.

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Group of strap fittings.

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