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harness

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1939,1010.7

  • Description

    Rectangular gold harness-mount, consisting of an upper plate fixed to a lower plate by three rivets at each end. The rivets are plain gold with beaded wire collars, and are interspersed with cross-shaped cloisonné garnet cells. The lower plate is of plain gold. The central rectangular panel is raised, and decorated with inlaid cloisonné garnet work comprising a basic mushroom cell pattern. Each long side is decorated with a narrow band of step-cut cells. All cells are underlaid with stamped gold foil.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 5.2 centimetres
    • Width: 2 centimetres
    • Weight: 36.02 grammes
  • Bibliography

    • Tait 1976 198 bibliographic details
    • Tait 1986a 243 bibliographic details
    • Bruce-Mitford 1978 Fig.324, b, d, f bibliographic details
  • Location

    G2/fc172

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2002 13 Mar-26 Sep, Woodbridge, The National Trust-Sutton Hoo Exhibition Centre, Warriors
    1980 10 Mar-30 Sep, Sweden, Stockholm, Statens Historika Museum, The Vikings are Here

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1939

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1939,1010.7

  • Additional IDs

    • 1939,10-10,5b (former number)
Gold harness-mount, rectangular. Upper plate fixed to lower by three rivets at each end, in plain gold with beaded collars. The rivets are interspersed with cross-shaped cells. The central raised rectangular panel is decorated with all-over cloisonne inlay in a basic mushroom cell pattern, one of which is lacking a garnet. There are two narrow bands of garnet decoration along the two long sides. The lower plate is of plain gold.

Group of Objects

Gold harness-mount, rectangular. Upper plate fixed to lower by three rivets at each end, in plain gold with beaded collars. The rivets are interspersed with cross-shaped cells. The central raised rectangular panel is decorated with all-over cloisonne inlay in a basic mushroom cell pattern, one of which is lacking a garnet. There are two narrow bands of garnet decoration along the two long sides. The lower plate is of plain gold.

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