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  • Description

    Shallow silver bowl, in poor condition. Part of rim missing, and the silver is flaking. 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 uneven ten-petalled floral design, surrounded by decorated band. Bowl has beaded rim. One of set of ten, 1939,1010.78-87. A pair with bowl 1939,1010.80.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 6thC-7thC(early)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 22.8 centimetres
    • Depth: 4.8 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. 61f, 80-82 bibliographic details
  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    10 November 2005

    Reason for treatment


    Treatment proposal

    Clean, consolidate, repair, repack as neccessary


    The silver bowl is in a fragile condition. Some parts of the rim is heavily corroded to a silver chloride layer. The rim is cracking and flaking in places.There is no support between the rim and the bowl on an area. It is dusty.

    Treatment details

    The dust was removed by cotton swabbing with Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol). The fragile areas of the rim were consolidated with 5% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol) and Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone) 50:50. Lifting areas were secured by using 30% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol) and Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone) 50:50. The rim was supported by using HMG heatproof and waterproof adhesive (cellulose nitrate) as well as nylon gossamer strips with 30% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol) and Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone) 50:50. Th ebowl was packed in a correx box with plastazote padding and acid free tissue balls.

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  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • 1939,10-10,22e (former number)


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