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shield / mount

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1939,1010.94.C.2

  • Description

    Copper alloy shield-mount in form of bird's leg and hip, used in reconstruction of shield 1939,1010.94. Part of same bird motif as C.1. Hip is pear-shaped and has central cloisonné panel with garnets surrounding human face. This panel is surrounded by triangular bands of stamped decoration, with three gold rivets for attachment. The leg curves away, with four separate curving claws, and has three plain rivets.

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  • School/style

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 8.1 centimetres
    • Width: 5.1 centimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Bruce-Mitford 1978 Figs.44, 46 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G41/dc1

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1939

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1939,1010.94.C.2

Bronze shield-mount in form of bird head, used in reconstruction of shield.  Split curled beak and triangular stamp decoration on head. Central boss with beaded collar represents the eye, behind this is crest of cloisonne garnet work in step-cut cells. Behind crest is lappet, made of plaster covered in gold leaf, forming another small bird's head ending in widening snout with one garnet eye. Centre panel of lappet had curved triangular decoration consisting of nine odd shaped cells surrounded by three lines of triangular decoration. Head surrounded by filigree beading.

Bronze shield-mount in form of bird head, used in reconstruction of shield. Split curled beak and triangular stamp decoration on head. Central boss with beaded collar represents the eye, behind this is crest of cloisonne garnet work in step-cut cells. Behind crest is lappet, made of plaster covered in gold leaf, forming another small bird's head ending in widening snout with one garnet eye. Centre panel of lappet had curved triangular decoration consisting of nine odd shaped cells surrounded by three lines of triangular decoration. Head surrounded by filigree beading.

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