Gilt copper alloy plaque from lyre, depicting a bird's head. Square, with bird's beak projecting from one side and curving over. The corners of the square are inlaid with simple garnet cells. The central boss has a circular inlaid garnet surrounded by green glass and white paste, and having gold beaded edging. The circle round this is filled with zoomorphic interlace. The bird's head is detached from the square plaque. The bird's beak is a simple curl, and the eye is a fitting for a single garnet, now lost. Some of the gilt is damaged. Beneath the central boss is a rivet to join the plaque to the lyre. This plaque faces towards the left on the reconstructed lyre.
- Excavated/Findspot: Sutton Hoo, Ship-burial Mound: 1
- (Europe,United Kingdom,England,Suffolk,Sutton (parish),Sutton Hoo)
15 August 2002
Reason for treatment
Light clean to remove dirt and/or tarnish.
The fitting is in good condition overall. There are four garnets missing including the eye garnet. There is a corner of the object missing. There is dirt and dust on the surface of the object.
The dirt and dust was removed form the object using cotton swabs of Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone).
Prehistory and Europe
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Object reference number: MCS11910
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