The Sutton Hoo Anastasius Dish
- The Sutton Hoo Anastasius Dish
Large shallow silver dish with a deep foot-ring set off-centre, made in one piece with the dish. The whole dish is virtually flat, with a flat raised rim and a slight lip.
In the centre of the dish is a roundel, comprising a medallion holding a small bird with outstretched wings, set within an eight-pointed star formed by two crossed squares. Between the points of the star are fleur-de-lys motifs. Outside this is a circular band of running spirals. This design is contained within a larger eight-pointed star also formed by two crossed squares, filled with frond, palmette and fleur-de-lys ornament. The frames of the squares contain a running spiral design. Between the points of this star are foliate fleur-de-lys, scroll and leaf motifs. The entire roundel is contained within a plain circular border.
Between the roundel and the rim is a ring of engraved ornament, divided into four segments by four evenly spaced medallions, with each segment containing a different foliate and geometric design. Two of the medallions depict a seated female figure, holding an orb and a spear; the other two medallions depict running female figures carrying different objects before them.
The rim is similarly decorated with engraved ornament, divided into four segments by four small, evenly spaced, medallions, with each segment also containing a different foliate and geometric design. The medallions depict running figures carrying objects before them.
A large area in the middle of the dish is undecorated, and shows signs of wear and cracking, as does the rim.
There are four control stamps of Emperor Anastasius I on the back of the dish, within the foot-ring. Two different control stamps were used twice each: one hexagonal, and one oblong in shape.
- 491-518 (dates of Anastasius I)
- Excavated/Findspot: Sutton Hoo, Ship-burial Mound: 1
- (Europe,United Kingdom,England,Suffolk,Sutton (parish),Sutton Hoo)
- Diameter: 71.8 centimetres
- Depth: 6.3 millimetres (foot-ring)
- Height: 9.8 centimetres (overall)
- Weight: 564 grammes (in present condition)
Inscription Typecontrol mark
Inscription Positionbase, within foot-ring
Inscription Commentmark of Anastasius I
Inscription CommentForms part of control mark.
2003 22 Mar-12 Oct, Woodbridge, Sutton Hoo Exhibition Centre, Far Fetched Treasures
1980 10 Mar-30 Sep, Sweden, Stockholm, Statens Historika Museum, The Vikings are Here
Prehistory and Europe
- 1939,1010.20 (former number)
Large shallow silver dish with deep foot-ring set off-centre. The whole dish is flat, with a slight lip and flat rim. The rime is decorated with engraved ornament. In the centre is a roundel containing crossed squares and a small bird, filled in with fine engraving. Outside this is a circular band filled with a similar pattern to that on the lip. There are four small medallions depicting human figures spaced evenly round the rim. There is a large flat undecorated area in the middle of the dish, which shows signs of wear and cracking, as does the rim. Control stamps of Anastasius I on back, within foot-ring.
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Object reference number: MCS14980
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