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clasp / buckle

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1939,1010.10

  • Description

    Curved gold dummy buckle or clasp of elongated triangular form. The loop is decorated with inlaid cloisonné garnet work, comprising one band of a running step-pattern, and one of plain rectangular and keystone cells. The buckle has a cut-away dummy tongue. Below the loop and 'tongue' are two prominent plain gold circular bosses with beaded wire collars, each set with a circular cabochon garnet. These conceal rivets which connect with a back-plate of plain beaten gold. At the toe of the buckle is a large circular setting containing a cloisonné garnet step-pattern design, surrounded by a double collar of beaded wire. Below this was a rivet, now missing, which also connected with the back-plate. The whole piece is decorated with cloisonné garnet work, consisting chiefly of step-cut and mushroom cells. Virtually all cells are underlaid with stamped gold foil, but two or three curved stones on the shoulders of the loop may lack foil underlays.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 7.6 centimetres
    • Width: 2.6 centimetres
    • Weight: 70.71 grammes
    • Thickness: 0.6 centimetres (max)
  • Bibliography

    • Tait 1976 198 bibliographic details
    • Tait 1986a 243 bibliographic details
    • Bruce-Mitford 1978 Figs.341-341,346-348 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

    1939,1010.10

  • Additional IDs

    • 1939,10-10,6 (former number)
Curved gold dummy buckle or clasp of elongated triangular form. The loop is decorated with cloisonné garnet work, comprising one band of a running step-pattern, and one of plain rectangular and keystone cells. The buckle has a cut-away dummy tongue. Below the loop and 'tongue' are two prominent plain gold circular bosses qith beaded wire collars, each set with a circular cabochon garnet. These conceal rivets which connect with a back-plate of plain beaten gold. At the toe of the buckle is a large circular setting containing a cloisonné garnet step-pattern design, surrounded by a double collar of beaded wire. Below this was a rivet, now missing, which also connected with the back-plate. The whole piece is decorated with cloisonné garnet work, consisting chiefly of step-cut and mushroom cells. Virtually all cells are underlaid with stamped gold foil, but two or three curved stones on the shoulders of the loop may lack foil underlays.

Curved gold dummy buckle or clasp of elongated triangular form. The loop is decorated with cloisonné garnet work, comprising one band of a running step-pattern, and one of plain rectangular and keystone cells. The buckle has a cut-away dummy tongue. Below the loop and 'tongue' are two prominent plain gold circular bosses qith beaded wire collars, each set with a circular cabochon garnet. These conceal rivets which connect with a back-plate of plain beaten gold. At the toe of the buckle is a large circular setting containing a cloisonné garnet step-pattern design, surrounded by a double collar of beaded wire. Below this was a rivet, now missing, which also connected with the back-plate. The whole piece is decorated with cloisonné garnet work, consisting chiefly of step-cut and mushroom cells. Virtually all cells are underlaid with stamped gold foil, but two or three curved stones on the shoulders of the loop may lack foil underlays.

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