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  • Description

    One of two sides of a casket; bone plaques, originally backed with wood; a dancing scene; divided into two compartments by a rectangular object; to the left a man dances with a mantle or scarf, another poised in the air blows a horn, below him a third holds an object towards two dancers, one with two wreaths the other with a tambourine; on the right there are five figures; a man dances with mantle or scarf, in the middle two figures, one poised in the air holds a loop or skipping-rope, in which a figure is dancing with a garland and scarf; a fifth figure blows a horn and holds a garland.


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  • Date

    • 10thC-11thC
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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 291.5 millimetres
    • Width: 43.23 millimetres (left)
    • Width: 41.06 millimetres (middle)
    • Width: 42.65 millimetres (right)
    • Depth: 3.46 millimetres
    • Weight: 37 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    Part of 1885,0804.1. Wood backing removed at an uncertain date.

  • Bibliography

    • Dalton 1909 16 bibliographic details
    • Dalton 1901 301 bibliographic details
    • Goldschmidt & Weitzmann 1930 58 bibliographic details
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  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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Two sides of a casket

Two sides of a casket

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