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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
Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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Object reference number: MCS11876
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