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shield / mount

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1939,1010.94.C.1

  • Description

    Copper alloy shield-mount in the form of a bird's head, used in the reconstruction of shield 1939,1010.94. Part of the same bird motif as shield-mount 1939,1010.94.C.2. The beak is split and curled, and the head decorated with punched triangles. The eye is represented by a central boss with beaded collar; behind this is crest of cloisonné inlaid garnet work in step-cut cells. Behind the crest is a lappet, made of plaster and covered in gold leaf, forming another small bird's head ending in widening snout with one garnet eye. The centre panel of the lappet had curved triangular decoration consisting of nine odd shaped cells surrounded by three lines of triangular decoration. The head is surrounded by filigree beading.

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  • School/style

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 14 centimetres
    • Width: 4.4 centimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Bruce-Mitford 1978 Figs.44, 48a bibliographic details
  • Location

    G2/dc175

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1939

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1939,1010.94.C.1

Detail of Device on shield. Original ekta contains clip of Shield Boss.

Detail of Device on shield. Original ekta contains clip of Shield Boss.

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