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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1939,1010.87

  • Description

    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.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 6thC-7thC(early)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 22.9 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published in:
    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

  • Bibliography

    • Bruce-Mitford 1983 Figs. 62d, 66c, 90-91 bibliographic details
  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    10 November 2005

    Reason for treatment

    Post-survey

    Treatment proposal

    Repair and repack as neccessary.

    Condition

    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.

    Treatment details

    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.

    About these records 

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1939

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1939,1010.87

  • Additional IDs

    • 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.

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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