The Sutton Hoo Coptic Bowl
- The Sutton Hoo Coptic Bowl
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.
- Made in: Mediterranean (eastern Mediterranean)
- Excavated/Findspot: Sutton Hoo, Ship-burial Mound: 1
- (Europe,United Kingdom,England,Suffolk,Sutton (parish),Sutton Hoo)
- 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
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
5 August 2002
Reason for treatment
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.
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.
12 October 1966 - 15 October 1966
Reason for analysis
Bronze Coptic bowl from Sutton Hoo
Treatment if necessary after examination of possible bronze disease.Note. Registation number on the file is incorrect. Actual reg number is 1939,1010.109
Analysis materials group
- Copper & Alloys
Main type of investigation
- Atomic Absorption
- Emission Spectroscopy
- Mettallographic Examination
- Polargraphic Analysis
Analysis reference number
Prehistory and Europe
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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Object reference number: MCS8011
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