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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1939,1010.130

  • Description

    Cup or small bottle of walnut burr-wood, distorted and incomplete. It has a silver-gilt rim, with a silver-gilt band below decorated with six horizontal grooves. The rim is attached to the neck of the vessel by four curved, grooved silver clips which run from the exterior to the interior of the vessel. Each clip is secured with two rivets with hemispherical heads, arranged one above the other. One clip has rounded ends; the other has square-cut ends.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 3.85 centimetres (max; rim external)
    • Diameter: 2.8 centimetres (rim internal)
    • Height: 4 centimetres (estimated original)
  • Curator's comments

    Published:

    Comey, M. G., 2013. The wooden drinking vessels in the Sutton Hoo assemblage: Materials, morphology and usage. In: Bintley, M. and Shapland, M. (eds.), Trees and Timber in the Anglo-Saxon World. Oxford: Oxford University Press

  • Bibliography

    • Bruce-Mitford 1983 Figs. 266-267, 270 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G41/dc1

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2009 14 Mar-1 Nov, Suffolk, Sutton Hoo Visitor Centre, Welcome to the Feast
    1980 10 Mar-30 Sep, Sweden, Stockholm, Statens Historika Museum, The Vikings are Here

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1939

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1939,1010.130

  • Additional IDs

    • 1939,1010.128-34,8 (marked on bottom)
Cup or small bottle of walnut burr-wood. Distorted and incomplete. It has a silver-gilt rim, with six horizontal grooves on silver-gilt band below this. This is fastened to the neck by four curved silver clips, each secured by 2 rivets.

Cup or small bottle of walnut burr-wood. Distorted and incomplete. It has a silver-gilt rim, with six horizontal grooves on silver-gilt band below this. This is fastened to the neck by four curved silver clips, each secured by 2 rivets.

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