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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1939,1010.87.1-18

  • Description

    1-5, 7-8, 16. Nine boxes of silver fragments from bowls 1939,1010.76-87.
    6. Silver fragments from bowls 1939,1010.76-87, some decorated.
    9. Small thin silver fragments, some decorated, from bowl 1939,1010.87.
    10. Silver fragments from bowl 1939,1010.87.
    11. Silver fragment from bowl 1939,1010.87.
    12. Curved and flaky silver fragment from bowl 1939,1010.87.
    13. Silver chloride residues from bowls complex.
    14. Silver chloride residues and corroded silver from three silver bowls.
    15, 17. Silver residue; sweepings from bowls complex.
    18. Silver and textile fragments from bowls 1939,1010.76-87.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 6thC-7thC(early)
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  • Materials

  • 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

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1939

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1939,1010.87.1-18

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 and part of 1939,1010.E after conservation and repacking

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 and part of 1939,1010.E after conservation and repacking

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