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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1939,1010.129

  • Description

    Plaster replica of burr-wood cup or small bottle, with original silver-gilt rim. The rim consists of three rectangular panels decorated with the same repoussé zoomorphic design comprising eight compact animals, each with one hind leg, three toes and a curved head. The animals' bodies and feet face left and their heads right. The design is enclosed within a beaded border on all four sides.
    The three rectangular panels were attached to the rim by three grooved strips, forming clips which extend from the exterior into the interior of the vessel. Each clip has a thick central groove through which two rivets pass. A series of rivets attaches the base of each rectangular panel to the body of the vessel.

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  • School/style

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 3.8 centimetres (max; rim external)
    • Diameter: 3.2 centimetres (rim internal)
  • Bibliography

    • Bruce-Mitford 1983 Figs. 266-267, 269 bibliographic details
    • Speake 1980 pl 14l bibliographic details
  • Location

    G2/fc172

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    1980 10 Mar-30 Sep, Sweden, Stockholm, Statens Historika Museum, The Vikings are Here

  • Conservation

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  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1939

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1939,1010.129

  • Additional IDs

    • 1939,1010.128-34,4 (marked on bottom)
Plaster replica cup or small bottle, with original gilt rim. This consists of three rectangular panels filled with head and limb interlace, fixed to rim by three curved strips, foming clips, and rivets. A series of rivets fixes the bases of each panel to the body of the object.  View shows clip and rivets.

Plaster replica cup or small bottle, with original gilt rim. This consists of three rectangular panels filled with head and limb interlace, fixed to rim by three curved strips, foming clips, and rivets. A series of rivets fixes the bases of each panel to the body of the object. View shows clip and rivets.

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