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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)
  • Findspot

  • 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

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    10 November 2005

    Treatment proposal

    Repair and repack as neccessary.

    Condition

    Fragments of silver bowls very corroded and almost completely mineralised. Covered in silver chloride corrosion and dust. Some of the fragments are corroded to the iron rims of the paper labels.

    There are also very small organic fragments amongst the silver. In a fragile and friable condidition.

    Inadequately packed

    Treatment details

    The silver chloride dust was removed from the fragments by gently brushing and blowing with a puffer. fragments which had a surface were cleaned mechanically to reveal the surface by using a scalpel and a short bristled brush. The fragments were consolidated to prevent further loss with repeated applications of a 2.5 % solution of Paraloid B72 in acetone. joins were looked for between fragments and 1939,1010.84 and 87. Joins were found between 84 and 87.E9, E16,E4, E1, E5; and 87 and 87.E18. joins were adhered with HMG paraloid B72.

    The organic and silver fragments were sorted and packed seperately. The fragments were repacked in crystal boxes lined with jiffy foam, acid free tissue. Small fragments were placed in gelatine capsules or glass tubes, and resdues were placed in polyethelene bags. the crystal boxes were labelled with the registration number on the lid and on a tyvek label placed under the packing. old labels were removed from the old packing and placed into a polyethelene self seal bag labelled with the registration number which can be archived and easily referenced back to the objects.

    About these records 

  • 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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