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The Sutton Hoo Standard

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1939,1010.161

  • Title (object)

    • The Sutton Hoo Standard
  • Description

    Iron stand or 'standard', consisting of a straight shaft tapering from bottom to top, square in section at the top and slightly rectangular in section towards the bottom. The lower end of the shaft terminates in a point flanked by volutes. At the upper end is a cruciform iron plate, the arms of which fold back upon themselves and terminate in simple inward-facing animal heads, now much disintegrated. Below is an oblong open-work iron grille with similar inward-facing animal heads at the corners. The grille was connected by four rods to the shaft below, forming a cage.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 170.02 centimetres
    • Width: 30.5 centimetres (openwork grille, max)
    • Depth: 20.5 centimetres (cage supporting grille)
  • Bibliography

    • Bruce-Mitford 1978 Figs. 290-292; Pl. 12 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G41/dc1

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1939

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1939,1010.161


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