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The Sutton Hoo Anastasius Dish

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1939,1010.76

  • Title (object)

    • The Sutton Hoo Anastasius Dish
  • Description

    Large shallow silver platter with a deep foot-ring set off-centre, made in one piece with the platter. The whole platter is virtually flat, with a flat raised rim and a slight lip.
    In the centre of the platter 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 platter 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 platter, within the foot-ring. Two different control stamps were used twice each: one hexagonal, and one oblong in shape.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 491-518 (dates of Anastasius I)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 71.8 centimetres
    • Depth: 6.3 millimetres (foot-ring)
    • Height: 9.8 centimetres (overall)
    • Weight: 564 grammes (in present condition)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        control mark
      • Inscription Position

        base, within foot-ring
      • Inscription Comment

        mark of Anastasius I
      • Inscription Type

        monogram
      • Inscription Script

        Greek
      • Inscription Language

        Greek
      • Inscription Comment

        Forms part of control mark.
  • Bibliography

    • Bruce-Mitford 1983 Figs. 2-28 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G41/dc1

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    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

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1939

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1939,1010.76

  • Additional IDs

    • 1939,1010.20 (former number)
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.

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.

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