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helmet / cast

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  • Description

    Fragments from the helmet 1939,1010.93, not used in the reconstruction:
    a. Miscellaneous copper alloy fragments, including some from the moulding around the eye-socket. One piece has rivet in situ.
    b. Iron fragments. (1) Twenty fragments with chevron pattern, from crest. (2) Fragment with impression of decoration. (3) Fragment with toe of "Dancing Warrior" from decorative panel. (4) Eleven fragments with wood impressions. (5) Mass of tiny pieces. (6) Moulding of decoration. (7) Three small groups of fragments. (8) Three groups of iron and limonite moulds. (9) Plain fragment.
    c. Fragments with textile impressions. (1) Six copper alloy and iron fragments with textile and decoration impressions. (2) Iron fragments with textile impressions. (3) Piece of iron moulding attached to iron fragment from cap of helmet, with textile impression. (4) Lump of iron with twelve tiny textile fragments. (5) Five copper alloy and iron fragments, one with textile attached, one patterned, one decorated. (6) Three iron fragments with textile attached or impressed, and five other fragments.
    d. Limonite moulds. (1) Thirteen boxes of casts from "Fallen Warrior" panel. (2) Twelve boxes of casts from "Fallen Warrior" and "Dancing Warrior" panels. (3) Textile, with plasticine cast. (4) Plaster composite cast of "Dancing Warrior" panel. (5) Moulds of cuff and hand from a warrior panel. (6) Six casts from "Fallen Warrior" panel. (7) Plaster cast of rider's head and spear from"Fallen Warrior" panel. (8) Plaster 'positive' cast of "Fallen Warrior" panel, now reincorporated into helmet. (9) Limonite mould and plaster cast of helmet decoration. (10) One fragment of moulding.
    e. Plaster casts and plasticine moulds of various parts of the helmet decoration.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Location

    Not on display

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  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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COMPASS Image Caption: Original helmet;The king's helmet from Sutton Hoo;Helmed y brenin o Sutton Hoo

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COMPASS Image Caption: Original helmet;The king's helmet from Sutton Hoo;Helmed y brenin o Sutton Hoo

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