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    Gold foil from wing of bird shield-mount from shield 1939,1010.94, with interlace and human faces in the design.

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  • Date

    • early 7thC
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  • Bibliography

    • Bruce-Mitford 1978 Fig. 49 bibliographic details
    • Speake 1980 pl. 5b bibliographic details
  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    12 October 2005

    Treatment proposal

    Clean, consolidate, repair & repack as necessary.


    The gold foil fragments are fragile with inadequate packaging. They are mounted on paper between two pieces of glass, the edges of which were sealed with cellotape which is aged, yellowed and failing.

    Treatment details

    The gold fragments were remounted in the same position on acid free card. This was sandwiched between glass and the edges first sealed with magic tape followed by Filmo Plast mounting tape. The sealed mount was then placed in plastazote cut outs in a crystal box and re-labelled using permanent black ink on the lid and on a tyvek label placed under the packing material. All old labels, notes and stickers were placed in a polyethylene bag labelled with the objects' registration number.

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  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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