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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1939,1010.32

  • Description

    Mount of thin gold sheet in the form of a crouched animal. Its body is decorated with punched circles, but the head, legs and hips are plain. The rear paw is also marked with a punched circle. The animal's eye is rendered by a perforation, teeth are depicted, and each paw has three claws or toes. The mount is curved, and has two surviving gold nails for fastening, one in the front paw and one in the hock of the hind leg, with a third hole above the rear hip.

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  • School/style

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 1 centimetres
    • Height: 0.8 centimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Bruce-Mitford 1978 Figs. 281-282 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G41/dc1

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2004 1 Apr-30 Oct, Woodbridge, Suffolk, Sutton Hoo Visitor Centre, Between Myth and Reality
    1980 10 Mar-30 Sep, Sweden, Stockholm, Statens Historika Museum, The Vikings are Here

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1939

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1939,1010.32

  • Additional IDs

    • 1939,10-10,15 (former number)
Gold mount of thin sheet, curved, in the form of a crouched animal.  Decorated with small punched circles on the outside. Two pins for fastening on inside, and hole for missing third pin. Condition shots for 'Between Myth and Reality' exhibition loan.

Gold mount of thin sheet, curved, in the form of a crouched animal. Decorated with small punched circles on the outside. Two pins for fastening on inside, and hole for missing third pin. Condition shots for 'Between Myth and Reality' exhibition loan.

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