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bowl

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1939,1010.78

  • Description

    Shallow silver bowl, with a small beaded rim. In the centre of the bowl is an incised roundel, at the centre of an equal-armed cross running from below the rim. The background of the roundel and the arms of the cross are coarsely punched, to give a shaded effect. The arms of the cross are decorated with an incised star motif. The central roundel has six-pointed star with a floral design in centre. Segments of the roundel are filled with incised foliate patterns. One of set of ten bowls, 1939,1010.78-87; a pair with bowl 1939,1010.85.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 6thC-7thC(early)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 21.8 centimetres
    • Depth: 4.8 centimetres
    • Weight: 308 grammes
  • Bibliography

    • Bruce-Mitford 1983 Figs. 61a, 63-65, 66f bibliographic details
  • Location

    G41/dc1

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    1980 10 Mar-30 Sep, Sweden, Stockholm, Statens Historika Museum, The Vikings are Here

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1939

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1939,1010.78

  • Additional IDs

    • 1939,1010.22a (former number)
Shallow silver bowl. Central inscribed roundel, in the centre of an equal-armed cross running from below rim. Arms of the cross decorated with chased star motif. Central roundel has six pointed star with floral design in centre. Segments of roundel filled with chased foliate patterns. Bowl has small beaded rim. One of set of ten, 1939,1010.78-87.

Shallow silver bowl. Central inscribed roundel, in the centre of an equal-armed cross running from below rim. Arms of the cross decorated with chased star motif. Central roundel has six pointed star with floral design in centre. Segments of roundel filled with chased foliate patterns. Bowl has small beaded rim. One of set of ten, 1939,1010.78-87.

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