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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1939,1010.94.a

  • Description

    Iron shield-grip, used in reconstruction of shield. Centre portion is flanged and extends from each end in an ornamental gilt copper alloy strip, terminating in birds' heads with garnet eyes. Two plain hemispherical gold bosses with beaded wire collars are attached to these strips and riveted through the back of the shield. The centre piece of each flanking copper alloy strip is decorated with animal interlace in filigree style and backed with iron. The birds' heads are on curved arms which spring out on either side of the central strip, and have stamped triangular decoration. Attached to each of the gilt copper alloy strips are dragon head terminals, with two arms branching around with garnets at the hip-joints; the head itself has two cabochon garnet eyes and a long snout with rounded end. Also a small strip of leather from the back of the dragon, pierced for rivets in places, made from a series of pieces with some wood and ? textile adhering; and one box of wooden fragments from the shield-grip.

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  • School/style

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 99 millimetres (grip)
    • Width: 89 millimetres
    • Length: 165 millimetres (leather strip)
    • Width: 38 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Niello analysed, cf.

    W. A. Oddy, M. Bimson and S. La Niece , The Composition of Niello Decoration on Gold, Silver and Bronze in the Antique and Mediaeval Periods. In: Studies in Conservation, Vol. 28, No. 1 (Feb., 1983), pp. 29-35.

  • Bibliography

    • Bruce-Mitford 1978 Figs.10-11, 60-62 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G41/dc1

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

    Treatment date

    20 October 2005

    Reason for treatment

    Post-survey

    Treatment proposal

    Clean, consolidate, repair, repack as neccessary.

    Condition

    Object 1939,1010.94.A.1 The wood and textile backing from the shield applique. Objects mounted on a sheet of glass fibre which is not supportive, and the object is cracked.

    Treatment details

    The area around the break was consolidated with a solution of Paraloid B72 in acetone. The backing was reinforced to prevent flexing and further loss byapplying HMG Paraloid B72 to the glass fibre backing in the area of the break. the object was repacked in Crystal box and plastazotte with object registration number on the lid and on a tyvek label inserted under the packing.

    About these records 

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1939

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1939,1010.94.a

Iron shield-grip, used in reconstruction of shield. Centre portion is flanged and extends from each end in an ornamental gilt-bronze strip, terminating in bird's heads with garnet eyes. Two plain hemispherical gold bosses with beaded rope collars are attached to these strips and riveted through back of shield. The centre piece of each flanking bronze strip is decorated with animal interlace in filigree style and backed with iron. The bird's heads are on curved arms which spring out on either side of the central strip and have stamped triangular decoration. Attached to each of the gilt bronze strips are dragon's head terminals, with two arms branching around with garnets at the hip-joints, and the head itself having two garnet eyes en cabochon, and a long snout with rounded end. 
Leather, small strip of backing from shield-grip dragon, made of a series of pieces with some wood & ? textile adhering; pierced for rivets in places.
Wooden fragments from shield-grip, boxed together.

Iron shield-grip, used in reconstruction of shield. Centre portion is flanged and extends from each end in an ornamental gilt-bronze strip, terminating in bird's heads with garnet eyes. Two plain hemispherical gold bosses with beaded rope collars are attached to these strips and riveted through back of shield. The centre piece of each flanking bronze strip is decorated with animal interlace in filigree style and backed with iron. The bird's heads are on curved arms which spring out on either side of the central strip and have stamped triangular decoration. Attached to each of the gilt bronze strips are dragon's head terminals, with two arms branching around with garnets at the hip-joints, and the head itself having two garnet eyes en cabochon, and a long snout with rounded end. Leather, small strip of backing from shield-grip dragon, made of a series of pieces with some wood & ? textile adhering; pierced for rivets in places. Wooden fragments from shield-grip, boxed together.

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