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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    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.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 5.6 centimetres
    • Width: 3 centimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Speake 1980 pl 4b&d bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


Maple wood lyre, fragmented.

Maple wood lyre, fragmented.

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