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Gold sword-harness pyramid. Truncated, with the four sloping side panels set with gold and inlaid cloisonné garnet work, the same design being repeated on all four faces. The garnet cells are underlaid with gold foil stamped with a hatched design. The edges and upper corners of the pyramid are set with solid, angled garnets and wedged-shaped blue glass. The flattened square top has chequered blue and red millefiori surrounded by gold edging. Around the base is a band of cloisonné garnet work consisting of short and longer rectangular cells. The square base is of plain gold, and slotted by means of a gold bar running across it, from edge to edge. One of a pair with 1939,1010.28.
- early 7thC
- Excavated/Findspot: Sutton Hoo, Ship-burial Mound: 1
- (Europe,United Kingdom,England,Suffolk,Sutton (parish),Sutton Hoo)
- Height: 1.2 centimetres
- Width: 1.8 centimetres
- Weight: 14.12 grammes
Pair with 1939,1010.28
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
Britain, Europe and Prehistory
Gold sword-pyramid, one of a pair with 1939,1010.29. Truncated, with the four side panels set with gold and cloisonne garnet work. The flattened square top has chequered blue & red millefiori surrounded by gold edging. The edges are of angled garnets & blue glass. The square base is of plain gold, and slotted.
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Object reference number: MCS14968
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