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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1939,1010.94.F.2

  • Description

    Gilt copper-alloy shield rim-mount from shield 1939,1010.94, in the form of an animal head set with garnet eyes. The head is pear-shaped with relief decorated bands and beading round the edge. Snapped off at the top. The lower part widens out to become the tulip-shaped snout. The central part has very fine decoration.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 4 centimetres
    • Width: 1 centimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Bruce-Mitford 1975 Fig. 85.2 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G2/fc175

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    20 October 2005

    Treatment proposal

    Clean, consolidate, repair, repack as neccessary.

    Condition

    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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  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1939

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1939,1010.94.F.2

Reconstruction of the Sutton Hoo shield, using original gold and garnet fittings and modern replica fittings on a modern wooden shield board. Original fittings used in the reconstruction are separately registered.

Reconstruction of the Sutton Hoo shield, using original gold and garnet fittings and modern replica fittings on a modern wooden shield board. Original fittings used in the reconstruction are separately registered.

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