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strap-fitting / harness

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Gold triangular strap-mount, decorated with cloisonné garnet work. The inlaid cells provide a zoomorphic appearance, so that the entire strap-mount resembles an animal head: three large circular garnets represent eyes and nostrils, while simplified 'boar's-head' cells placed above the 'eyes' represent ears. Each 'boar's-head' cell also has an eye and mouth represented. The rest of the mount is decorated with step-cut cells, all underlaid with stamped gold foil. Beneath each of the three circular garnets is a rivet attaching a plain gold triangular back-plate, rounded off at the 'nose' end.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 2.9 centimetres
    • Width: 2.2 centimetres
    • Weight: 12.32 grammes
    • Thickness: 0.9 centimetres (overall)
  • Bibliography

    • Tait 1976 198 bibliographic details
    • Tait 1986a 243 bibliographic details
    • Bruce-Mitford 1978 Fig.350 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G41/dc1/sG

  • Exhibition history

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

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • 1939,10-10,11 (former number)
Sutton Hoo; smaller strap ends and buckles

Group of Objects

Sutton Hoo; smaller strap ends and buckles

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