Gilt copper alloy shield rim-mount in the form of an animal head, from shield 1939,1010.94. The animal has a long duck-billed snout with raised a central ridge and a stamped triangle pattern around the edges. The two eyes are formed from cabochon garnets, with beaded 'eyebrows' around them. There is one rivet at the forehead. The rim-mount is fixed to a ridged clip, which in turn is fixed to piece of lime wood from the shield body. The back of the clip is pierced with a rivet hole. Ths mount is the same as shield rim mount 1939,1010.94.F.3.
- early 7thC
- Excavated/Findspot: Sutton Hoo, Ship-burial Mound: 1
- (Europe,United Kingdom,England,Suffolk,Sutton (parish),Sutton Hoo)
- Length: 5.6 centimetres
- Width: 2.8 centimetres
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.
Prehistory and Europe
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: MCS16358
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