whetstone / sceptre
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Iron ring, originally affixed to the terminal of whetstone or sceptre 1939,1010.160, surmounted by the model stag 1939,1010.205.a. The ring comprises four iron wires twisted individually in opposite directions, and held together at intervals by four copper alloy clips, two clearly fluted and two apparently plain. The ends of the wire ring fit into a hollow T-shaped piece which surmounts a small copper alloy pedestal.
- early 7thC
- Excavated/Findspot: Sutton Hoo, Ship-burial Mound: 1
- (Europe,United Kingdom,England,Suffolk,Sutton (parish),Sutton Hoo)
- Diameter: 10.7 centimetres (ring)
- Length: 4.1 centimetres (pedestal)
- Weight: 128 grammes
2004 1 Apr-30 Oct, Woodbridge, Suffolk, Sutton Hoo Visitor Centre, 'Between Myth and Reality'
4 March 1953 - 30 May 1973
Reason for analysis
Large whetstone from Sutton Hoo
Refix bronze cap and mounts after a mould has been taken of the stone and smaller end.Analysis of metal.
Analysis materials group
- Copper & Alloys
Main type of investigation
- Atomic Absorption
- Emission Spectroscopy
- Polargraphic Analysis
Analysis reference number
Prehistory and Europe
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.
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Object reference number: MCS11884
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