strap-fitting / harness
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.
- early 7thC
- Excavated/Findspot: Sutton Hoo, Ship-burial Mound: 1
- (Europe,United Kingdom,England,Suffolk,Sutton (parish),Sutton Hoo)
- Length: 2.9 centimetres
- Width: 2.2 centimetres
- Weight: 12.32 grammes
- Thickness: 0.9 centimetres (overall)
On display: G41/dc1/sG
1980 10 Mar-30 Sep, Sweden, Stockholm, Statens Historika Museum, The Vikings are Here
Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- 1939,10-10,11 (former number)
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Object reference number: MCS15906
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