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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.
- Excavated/Findspot: Sutton Hoo, Ship-burial Mound: 1
- (Europe,United Kingdom,England,Suffolk,Sutton (parish),Sutton Hoo)
- Diameter: 22.8 centimetres
- Depth: 4.8 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
Reason for treatment
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.
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.
Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- 1939,10-10,22e (former number)
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Object reference number: MCS16054
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