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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Plain gold clasp, rectangular, with a cavity in the long side and a short knob burred over a rectangular washer on back. This object was designed to engage the hinged tongue of purse-lid 1939,1010.2.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 2.4 centimetres
    • Width: 1 centimetres
    • Weight: 9.49 grammes
  • Curator's comments


    Hicks, C., 1985. The Birds on the Sutton Hoo Purse. Anglo-Saxon England 15, pp. 153–65

  • Bibliography

    • Bruce-Mitford 1978 Fig.380 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G41/dc1/sG

  • Exhibition history

    2007 17 Mar-28 Oct, Suffolk, Sutton Hoo Visitors Centre, Wondrously Wrought
    1980 10 Mar-30 Sep, Sweden, Stockholm, Statens Historika Museum, The Vikings are Here

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • 1939,10-10,21 (former number)
COMPASS Image Caption: Purse lid

COMPASS Image Caption: Purse lid

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