One half of gold shoulder-clasp plate (other half 1939,1010.4.a). Curved in section, with loops for attachment underneath and a hinge down the straight side. A loop and chain is attached at the top of the plate, fixed to a plain gold pin with an animal head terminal in filigree. The whole consists of a rectangular plate with rounded end. The rectangular plate contains a central panel of fifteen cloisonné cells filled alternately with millefiori and garnets, and interspersed with slightly larger plain garnet cells. Each side of the rectangle is decorated with a separate panel of zoomorphic interlace in garnet cloisonné, some of the beasts having millefiori eyes. The rounded end contains a pair of interlinked boars in garnet work, their heads down and their curving backs forming the rounded end of the clasp. Their hip-joints are filled with millefiori, and the spaces between their legs are filled with gold filigree in a snake-like pattern. The cells are underlaid with stamped gold foil.
- late 6thC-early 7thC (c. AD 560/70-610)
- Excavated/Findspot: Sutton Hoo, Ship-burial Mound: 1
- (Europe,United Kingdom,England,Suffolk,Sutton (parish),Sutton Hoo)
- Length: 12.7 centimetres (incl 4a)
- Width: 5.4 centimetres
- Length: 5.1 centimetres (chain)
- Length: 5.7 centimetres (pin)
- Weight: 95.96 grammes (excluding 4a)
- Thickness: 0.5 centimetres
N. Adams, ‘Rethinking the Sutton Hoo shoulder clasps and armour’, in: Intelligible Beauty recent research on Byzantine jewellery, ed. C. Entwistle and N. Adams (London, British Museum Press), pp. 83–112
2003 22 Mar-12 Oct, Woodbridge, Sutton Hoo Exhibition Centre, Far Fetched Treasures
2008 15 Mar-2 Nov, Woodbridge, Suffolk, Sutton Hoo Visitor Centre, East Anglia: The Life and Death of a Kingdom
1980 10 Mar-30 Sep, Sweden, Stockholm, Statens Historika Museum, The Vikings are Here
Prehistory and Europe
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