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One half of gold shoulder-clasp plate (other half 1939,1010.5). Carries the opposite half of the hinge mechanism to 1939,1010.5, which carries the chain and pin. 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, fixing it to clasp 1939,1010.5.a. 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 zoomorphic pattern. These animals have hip-joints with granulation, and the central field is filled with a non-zoomorphic filigree motif. 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 5)
- Width: 5.4 centimetres
- Weight: 95.44 grammes (excluding 5)
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
- 1939,10-10,4a (former number)
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Object reference number: MCS15688
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