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harness-fitting

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1991,0411.2872

  • Description

    Iron, copper-alloy and gilded copper-alloy strap fitting. Harness fitting consisting of an iron ring and a strap fixing. A strap of folded leather (a fragment of the left rein) runs freely through the ring. The element is made up of an iron ring that articulates with the strap fixing. This is made in the same way as the strap fixings on the bit and like them is clenched by two copper-alloy rivets with flat gilt heads decorated with recessed ring-and-dot motif.

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  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 66 millimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Carver 2005 p.246.22a bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

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

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1991

  • Acquisition notes

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

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1991,0411.2872

  • Additional IDs

    • 48/8175
Gilded copper-alloy roundel.
Roundel decorated with triple-strand interlace within a twisted border. At the centre a small round plate garnet setting in a shell collar. On the back, the remains of two straps running at right angles to each other held by one central rivet and a single rivet placed towards the edge of the roundel. The straps are made of folded leather and are 20mm wide and 4mm thick. At the point of crossing, one strap is pierced to allow the second strap to pass through it.  Associated with 1991,4-11.2881b.

Gilded copper-alloy roundel. Roundel decorated with triple-strand interlace within a twisted border. At the centre a small round plate garnet setting in a shell collar. On the back, the remains of two straps running at right angles to each other held by one central rivet and a single rivet placed towards the edge of the roundel. The straps are made of folded leather and are 20mm wide and 4mm thick. At the point of crossing, one strap is pierced to allow the second strap to pass through it. Associated with 1991,4-11.2881b.

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