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  • Description

    Gold buckle with rectangular plate. The buckle-end has cut-away shoulders near the loop, which is of smooth plain gold and swivels on a hinge. The tongue, also of plain gold, is fixed. The rectangular plate consists of a central panel of inlaid garnet cloisonné work formed of a mass of irregular cells, with cloisonné borders along each long side. At the end of the buckle is a shelf, set slightly lower than the rectangular plate, and set with three gold rivets with beaded wire collars, interspersed with step-cut garnet cloisonné work. These rivets connect with the plain gold back-plate. There are two more rivets with beaded wire collars, heads facing downwards, beneath the shoulders.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 7.3 centimetres
    • Width: 2.3 centimetres
    • Weight: 64.92 grammes
  • Bibliography

    • Tait 1976 198 bibliographic details
    • Tait 1986a 243 bibliographic details
    • Bruce-Mitford 1978 Figs.337-338 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G41/dc1/sE

  • Exhibition history

    2008 22 Aug-7 Dec, Germany, Bonn, Kunst and Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Rome and the Barbarians
    2008 28 Jan-20 Jul, Italy, Venice, Palazzo Grassi, Rome and the Barbarians
    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

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • 1939,10-10,7 (former number)
COMPASS Title: Buckle from the sword belt from the ship-burial at Sutton Hoo

COMPASS Title: Buckle from the sword belt from the ship-burial at Sutton Hoo

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