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The Sutton Hoo Coptic Bowl

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1939,1010.109

  • Title (object)

    • The Sutton Hoo Coptic Bowl
  • Description

    Large cast brass bowl of so-called 'Coptic' type. Circular, with an everted rim with raised moulding along the outer edge. Immediately below the rim on opposite sides of the bowl exterior are two sets of vertically set rings, approximately 9.5cm apart, cast between the underside of the rim and the wall of the bowl. These rings hold two cast and moulded drop-handles of 'omega' type, largely undecorated but with some beading. At the base is a tall, solid foot-ring with a beaded edge.
    A narrow plain band runs around the bowl interior just below the rim. Underneath this band is a zone of fluting. In the centre of the interior is a plain roundel surrounded by an engraved procession of four walking animals moving left: a camel or bear, a lion, a donkey or hare, and a tiger or other large feline.
    A portion of copper alloy is missing from one side of the bowl and there is a gap in a section of the rim, but otherwise it is virtually complete.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 6thC-7thC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 38.5 centimetres
    • Diameter: 51 centimetres (with handles outspread)
    • Width: 2.5 centimetres (out-turned rim)
    • Height: 14.5 centimetres
    • Diameter: 16.5 centimetres (foot-ring)
    • Depth: 4 centimetres (foot-ring)
    • Thickness: 0.1 centimetres (wall of bowl)
    • Weight: 3.95 kilograms
  • Bibliography

    • Bruce-Mitford 1983 Figs. 525-529 bibliographic details
    • Craddock, La Niece & Hook 1998 p.88, table 1 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G41/dc1

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2009 14 Mar-1 Nov, Suffolk, Sutton Hoo Visitor Centre, Welcome to the Feast
    1980 10 Mar-30 Sep, Sweden, Stockholm, Statens Historika Museum, The Vikings are Here

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    5 August 2002

    Reason for treatment

    Permanent Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Remove tarnish

    Condition

    The bowl is in good condition overall. There is surface dirt and dust present. There is damage to the rim with a large crack that no longer joins.

    Treatment details

    The dirt and dust was removed from the object using Rowney's kneadable putty rubber (vulcanized rubber). The crack was stable so no treatment was required.

    About these records 

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1939

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1939,1010.109

Large bronze bowl, of "Coptic" type. Circular, with raised everted rim.  Bowl is fluted inside with plain central roundel. Engraved around this is procession of four animals, a camel, a lion, a donkey and a ?tiger.   Bowl is set on a solid foot-ring with a beaded edge at the base.  immediately below rim are two sets of small strips, 10.9cm apart, on opposite sides of bowl. These hold two drop handles, which are undecorated but have some beading. A little bronze is missing from one side of the bowl, but it is virtually complete.

Large bronze bowl, of "Coptic" type. Circular, with raised everted rim. Bowl is fluted inside with plain central roundel. Engraved around this is procession of four animals, a camel, a lion, a donkey and a ?tiger. Bowl is set on a solid foot-ring with a beaded edge at the base. immediately below rim are two sets of small strips, 10.9cm apart, on opposite sides of bowl. These hold two drop handles, which are undecorated but have some beading. A little bronze is missing from one side of the bowl, but it is virtually complete.

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