One half of gold shoulder-clasp plate. This piece carries the opposite half of the hinge mechanism to 1939,1010.4, which carries the chain and pin. Curved in section, with loops for attachment underneath and a hinge down the straight side. 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, of which four are missing. 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 4)
- Width: 5.4 centimetres
- Weight: 87.84 grammes (excluding 4)
- Thickness: 0.5 centimetres
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
- 1939,10-10,4b (former number)
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Object reference number: MCS15670
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