Gold scabbard boss. Hemispherical in shape, and set with inlaid cloisonné garnets in a cruciform design, incorporating mushroom and step-cut cells. Some of the cells are lacking their garnets. 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 1939,1010.26.
- early 7thC
- Excavated/Findspot: Sutton Hoo, Ship-burial Mound: 1
- (Europe,United Kingdom,England,Suffolk,Sutton (parish),Sutton Hoo)
- Diameter: 2 centimetres
- Height: 2 centimetres
- Weight: 14.89 grammes
Pair with 1939,1010.26
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
24 March 1987
Reason for analysis
Sutton Hoo sword and scabbard
Analysis materials group
- Gold & Alloys
- Iron & Alloys
Main type of investigation
- Emission Spectroscopy
- Polargraphic Analysis
- X-Ray Diffraction
Analysis reference number
Prehistory and Europe
Group of Objects
Gold scabbard boss. Hemispherical, and set with cloisonné garnets in a cruciform design, the central cell lacking a garnet. Around the rim are two narrow bands of serrated garnets and gold work decoration. Staple-like loop set in circular stud on the reverse.
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Object reference number: MCS14976
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