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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1939,1010.116

  • Description

    Large iron-bound tub of yew-wood, restored. The thick iron rim comprises a flat iron band clamped over the upper edge of the wooden staves which form the body of the tub. Six clips formed of iron strips are fixed at equal intervals around the rim: each clip terminates in a rounded end inside the rub; outside the tub, each clip divides into two curving branches which terminate in birds' heads. The clips are attached to the rim-band with flat-headed rivets covered by silver escutcheons. Two iron handle extensions are attached on opposite sides of the tub, which also terminate in pairs of birds' heads; attached to these are two looped handles. A central iron band or hoop was placed below this ironwork, with another iron hoop at the base to hold the wooden staves in place. A straight iron bar is placed across the bottom of the tub for support.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 50.8 centimetres (at rim)
    • Diameter: 58.4 centimetres (at base)
    • Height: 50.7 centimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Bruce-Mitford 1983 Fig. 388 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    1980 10 Mar-30 Sep, Sweden, Stockholm, Statens Historika Museum, The Vikings are Here

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1939

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1939,1010.116

Large iron-bound tub of yew-wood,restored.  Thick iron rim and two handle extensions of iron, terminating in pairs of bird heads. Two looped handles are attached to these, which in turn are each fixed to iron strengthening plate, terminating in W-shaped piece. Central iron band, and base band, both to keep wooden stakes in situ. Central length of iron across bottom of tub for support.

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Large iron-bound tub of yew-wood,restored. Thick iron rim and two handle extensions of iron, terminating in pairs of bird heads. Two looped handles are attached to these, which in turn are each fixed to iron strengthening plate, terminating in W-shaped piece. Central iron band, and base band, both to keep wooden stakes in situ. Central length of iron across bottom of tub for support.

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