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sword-sheath

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1939,1010.26

  • Description

    Gold scabbard boss. Hemispherical in shape, and set with inlaid cloisonné garnets in a cruciform design, incorporating mushroom and step-cut cells. The central cell is lacking a garnet. The edge of the design consists of twenty-four outward-pointing garnet segments, between which are twenty-four inward pointing gold 'teeth', which together produce a petal-like effect. Around the rim of the boss are two narrow bands of serrated garnets in small cells. The garnet-inlaid cells are underlaid with gold foil, stamped with a hatched design. On the reverse of the boss is a staple-like loop set into a circular stud. One of a pair with 1939,1010.27.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 2.3 centimetres
    • Height: 2 centimetres
    • Weight: 17.72 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    Pair with 1939,1010.27

  • Bibliography

    • Bruce-Mitford 1978 Fig.222 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

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1939

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1939,1010.26

  • Additional IDs

    • 1939,10-10,28c (former number)

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