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sword-harness

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1939,1010.28

  • Description

    Gold sword-harness pyramid. Truncated, with the four sloping side panels set with gold and inlaid cloisonné garnet work, the same design being repeated on all four faces. The garnet cells are underlaid with gold foil stamped with a hatched design. The edges and upper corners of the pyramid are set with solid, angled garnets and wedged-shaped blue glass. The flattened square top has chequered blue and red millefiori surrounded by gold edging. Around the base is a band of cloisonné garnet work consisting of short and longer rectangular cells. The square base is of plain gold, and slotted by means of a gold bar running across it, from edge to edge. One of a pair with 1939,1010.29.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 1.2 centimetres
    • Width: 1.8 centimetres
    • Weight: 14.25 grammes
    • Depth: 1.8 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Pair with 1939,1010.29

  • Bibliography

    • Bruce-Mitford 1978 Fig.227 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G41/dc1

  • 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 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1939

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1939,1010.28

Gold sword-pyramid, one of a pair with 1939,1010.29. Truncated, with the four side panels set with gold and cloisonne garnet work.  The flattened square top has chequered blue & red millefiori surrounded by gold edging. The edges are of angled garnets & blue glass. The square base is of plain gold, and slotted.

Gold sword-pyramid, one of a pair with 1939,1010.29. Truncated, with the four side panels set with gold and cloisonne garnet work. The flattened square top has chequered blue & red millefiori surrounded by gold edging. The edges are of angled garnets & blue glass. The square base is of plain gold, and slotted.

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