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bowl

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1939,1010.84

  • Description

    Shallow silver bowl, cracked and incomplete. In the centre of the bowl is an inscribed roundel, placed in the centre of an equal-armed cross running from below the rim. The arms of the cross are decorated with a chased star motif. The central roundel contains a six-pointed star, with a floral design in centre. The bowl has a beaded rim with a line of engraving inside the bowl, just below the rim. One of a set of ten, 1939,1010.78-87. A pair with bowl 1939,1010.83.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 6thC-7thC(early)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 21.3 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. 62b, 86 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    1980 10 Mar-30 Sep, Sweden, Stockholm, Statens Historika Museum, The Vikings are Here

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1939

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1939,1010.84

  • Additional IDs

    • 1939,10-10,22i (former number)
Shallow silver bowl, cracked and incomplete. 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 six pointed star, with floral design in centre. Bowl has beaded rim with line of engraving inside the bowl, just below the rim. One of set of ten, 1939,1010.78-87. object after conservation. Joins found between bowl and seven small fragments.

Shallow silver bowl, cracked and incomplete. 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 six pointed star, with floral design in centre. Bowl has beaded rim with line of engraving inside the bowl, just below the rim. One of set of ten, 1939,1010.78-87. object after conservation. Joins found between bowl and seven small fragments.

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