whetstone / sceptre
Copper alloy mount in the form of a stag, once mounted onto iron ring 1939,1010.205.b, which was affixed to the terminal of whetstone or sceptre 1939,1010.160. The stag is modelled naturalistically in the round, with two ears and a pair of antlers, each with tines (some damaged), on top of the head. Both forelegs and hindlegs are modelled together, forelegs straight and hindlegs slightly bent.
- early 7thC
- Excavated/Findspot: Sutton Hoo, Ship-burial Mound: 1
- (Europe,United Kingdom,England,Suffolk,Sutton (parish),Sutton Hoo)
- Length: 5 centimetres
- Height: 8.8 centimetres
- Weight: 79.6 grammes
2004 1 Apr-30 Oct, Woodbridge, Suffolk, Sutton Hoo Visitor Centre, Between Myth and Reality
1980 10 Mar-30 Sep, Sweden, Stockholm, Statens Historika Museum, The Vikings are Here
Prehistory and Europe
Group of Objects
Stone sceptre or whetstone of square section The ends terminate in lobed knops painted red, each knob enclosed by a cage of bronze ridged strips. At one end, the cage has six strips, and is attached to a cup-shaped piece of bronze. The cage at the other end has eitht bronze strips.. This was surrmounted by the bronze stag (1939,1010.205.a) mounted on the iron ring (1939,1010.205.b). Immediately below each knob, on each of the four faces, are carved human masks in relief, with hair and beards radiating outward. They are approximately triangular, ending in curved oval terminals. Each of the masks is different. All faces of the stone are extremely smooth.
Object reference number: MCS11897