Shallow silver bowl, in fragmentary state. Parts of rim and body survive, showing pattern of central inscribed roundel, in the centre of an equal-armed cross running from below rim. Arms of the cross decorated with chased star motif. Central roundel contains ten-petalled floral design. One of set of ten, 1939,1010.78-87. Also one box and one phial of fragments.
- Excavated/Findspot: Sutton Hoo, Ship-burial Mound: 1
- (Europe,United Kingdom,England,Suffolk,Sutton (parish),Sutton Hoo)
- Diameter: 22.9 centimetres
Michael D. J. Bintley, 2011. The Byzantine silver bowls in the Sutton Hoo ship burial and tree-worship in Anglo-Saxon England. Papers from the Institute of Archaeology 21, 34-45
10 November 2005
Repair and repack as neccessary.
The silver is highly mineralised, powdery silver chloride corrosion covers the surface. The bowl is extremely fragmentary, and has suffered mechanical damage. The surface of the fragments is friable and delaminating, there has been significant loss. The object was mounted rim down on a perspex sheet which offers it little protection. One of the fragments was missing, but found in another part of the store. It had been removed for plasma treatment and never reunited with the rest of the object. This fragment although more silver in colour was severely delaminating and there are areas of loss around the edge of the fragment. It is in much worse condition than the other non plasma fragments.
Loose silver chloride dust was removed by brushing to reveal the surface. The fragments were consolidated to prevent further loss and deterioration with repeated applications of a 2.5% solution of Paraloid B72 in acetone. Detached fragments were readhered with HMG Paraloid B72 adhesive, and edges or fragile areas reinforced with nylon gossamer and HMG Paraloid B72 patches. joins were looked for between the fragments and between 1939,1010,87,E1-118. A join was found between a bowl fragment and a fragment from 1939,1010.87.E18. The fragments of the bowl were placed back on the perspex mount which was then placed in a Correx box to offer it more protection.
Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- 1939,10-10,22j (former number)
Shallow silver bowl, in fragmentary state. Parts of rim and body survive, showing pattern of central inscribed roundel, in the centre of an equal-armed cross running from below rim. Arms of the cross decorated with chased star motif. Central roundel contains ten-petalled floral design. One of set of ten, 1939,1010.78-87. bowl fragments after conservation in 2005.
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Object reference number: MCS16072
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