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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Gold T-shaped strap-distributor. The main element consists of a rectangular mount with a main panel of cloisonné garnet work featuring both mushroom and step-cut cells. A flange on either side of the mount also bear cloisonné garnet work, each with three plain gold rivets with beaded wire collars. These rivets connect with a plain gold underplate. At the centre of one of the long sides is a hinge mechanism, inlaid with garnets in honeycomb cells. The central part of the hinge is plain and attaches to a swivelled terminating mount, again decorated with cloisonné garnet work of mushroom and step-cut cells. The terminating mount ends with three plain gold rivets with beaded wire collars, which connect with a gold underplate. The cloisonné cells are underlaid with stamped gold foil.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Weight: 73.24 grammes
    • Length: 5.3 centimetres (main mount)
    • Width: 2 centimetres (main mount)
    • Thickness: 0.5 centimetres (main mount)
    • Length: 1.8 centimetres (hinge)
    • Length: 2.1 centimetres (mount below hinge)
    • Width: 1.8 centimetres (mount below hinge)
  • Bibliography

    • Tait 1976 198 bibliographic details
    • Tait 1986a 243 bibliographic details
    • Bruce-Mitford 1978 Figs.332-335 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G41/dc1/sE

  • Exhibition history

    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


  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • 1939,1010.10 (former number)


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