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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.
- early 7thC
- Excavated/Findspot: Sutton Hoo, Ship-burial Mound: 1
- (Europe,United Kingdom,England,Suffolk,Sutton (parish),Sutton Hoo)
- Length: 4 centimetres
- Width: 1 centimetres
On display: G41/dc1
20 October 2005
Reason for treatment
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.
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.
Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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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Object reference number: MCS16376
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