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; one corner missing. 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 beak is a simple curl, and the eye is a single garnet. Beneath the central boss is a rivet to join the plaque to the lyre. This plaque faces towards the right on reconstructed lyre.
- Excavated/Findspot: Sutton Hoo, Ship-burial Mound: 1
- (Europe,United Kingdom,England,Suffolk,Sutton (parish),Sutton Hoo)
- Length: 5.6 centimetres
- Width: 3 centimetres
15 August 2002
Reason for treatment
Ligth clean to remove dirt and/or tarnish.
The gilt fitting is in good condition overall. One corner of the object is missing. One of the garnets is missing with the gold foil underneath exposed. There is dirt and dust on the surface of the object.
The dirt and dust was removed using cotton swabs of Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone).
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Object reference number: MCS11876
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