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  • Description

    Large silver bowl, contorted so no longer circular. Beaded rim, with double line of engraving just below it. There is a central roundel containing a classical female head facing left, with plain concentric rings around it, and one decorated band. From this radiate a series of flutings which run to the rim. The silver is cracked in parts. The bowl originally had two drop handles, which are separately registered.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 6thC-7thC(early)
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  • Materials

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  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 40.7 centimetres
    • Weight: 2.02 kilograms
  • Curator's comments

    The handles of the bowl are separately registered as 1939,1010.77.a and 1939,1010.77.b

  • Bibliography

    • Bruce-Mitford 1983 Figs. 38-48 bibliographic details
  • Location


  • Exhibition history


    2010 26 Feb-13 Jun, Germany, Bonn, Kunst and Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Byzantium: Splendour and Daily Life
    1980 10 Mar-30 Sep, Sweden, Stockholm, Statens Historika Museum, The Vikings are Here

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  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • 1939,1010.21 (former number)


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