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cauldron

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1991,0411.2866

  • Description

    Lugged cauldron raised from a single sheet of bronze; Gammertingen type. The body has flaring shoulders, a sharply-rounded girth and a gently curving base. The rim is flat and out-turned and develops into two opposed triangular lugs with out-turned tips. Each lug is pierced. The iron handle is made from a rod, hammered flat into an arc that matches the rim and twisted so that it can lie parallel to it; the tapering ends pierce the lugs and curve back to prevent slippage. Traces of charring on the outer surface are evidence of its use over a fire.

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  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 160 millimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Carver 2005 p.245.14 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

    1991,0411.2866

  • Additional IDs

    • 48/8253
Lugged cauldron raised from a single sheet of bronze. The body has flaring shoulders, a sharply-rounded girth and a gently curving base. The rim is flat and out-turned and develops into two opposed triangular lugs with out-turned tips. Each lug is pierced. The iron handle is made from a rod, hammered flat into an arc that matches the rim and twisted so that it can lie parallel to it; the tapering ends pierce the lugs and curve back to prevent slippage. Traces of charring on the outer surface are evidence of its use over a fire.

Lugged cauldron raised from a single sheet of bronze. The body has flaring shoulders, a sharply-rounded girth and a gently curving base. The rim is flat and out-turned and develops into two opposed triangular lugs with out-turned tips. Each lug is pierced. The iron handle is made from a rod, hammered flat into an arc that matches the rim and twisted so that it can lie parallel to it; the tapering ends pierce the lugs and curve back to prevent slippage. Traces of charring on the outer surface are evidence of its use over a fire.

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