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  • Description

    Gilt plaster rim-mount from shield 1939,1010.94, in form of animal head. Cabochon garnet eyes, eyebrows in relief, with central ridge and stamped and beaded lines of decoration. Lower end of snout is missing, and clip has snapped off from top of head; fragmentary.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 4 centimetres
    • Width: 1.2 centimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Bruce-Mitford 1978 Fig.85.4 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    20 October 2005

    Reason for treatment


    Treatment proposal

    Clean, consolidate, repair, repack as neccessary.


    The shield attachments were backed with old paper. Gesso layer is delaminating on some of them. Gilded surface is also fragile. Some of them have perspex backings.

    Treatment details

    The gesso layers and the gilded surfaces were consolidated by using 5% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol) and Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone) 50:50. Some of the joins were reconstructed by using HMG heatproof and waterproof adhesive (cellulose nitrate). They were packed in a crystal box with plastazote cut outs.

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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