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Silver-gilt drinking-horn fittings mounted onto a replica horn; one of a pair, with 1939,1010.121.
At the mouth of the horn is a rim-mount consisting of four rectangular silver-gilt foil panels, decorated with a zoomorphic design comprising six interlacing animals with.upper and lower borders of a chevron-like design. The panels are fastened to the horn with silver-gilt clips, or pilasters, featuring double human masks arranged one above the other. Above the uppermost mask is a broad fluted clip. The pilasters are placed between the rectangular panels.
Abutting the rectangular rim mounts are twelve triangular foil vandykes. The join between these two groups of fittings is concealed beneath a fluted strip. The vandykes are decorated with a zoomorphic design comprising four pairs of interlacing animals within a narrow beaded border.
At the tip of the horn is a cast bird's head terminal, with curved beak. Above this are three raised rings or collars of silver-gilt, decorated with interlace and beading. Between these are two decorative panels. Six triangular vandykes splay out from the uppermost raised ring or collar, pointing towards the mouth of the horn. These vandykes are decorated with a zoomorphic design comprising two pendant animal heads above four interlacing pairs of animals.
The tip is made of plaster for this display reconstruction: for original tip see 1939,1010.120-1,72.
- early 7thC
- Excavated/Findspot: Sutton Hoo, Ship-burial Mound: 1
- (Europe,United Kingdom,England,Suffolk,Sutton (parish),Sutton Hoo)
- Diameter: 9.5 centimetres (rim)
- Length: 61 centimetres (reconstructed)
Pair with 1939,1010.120
1980 10 Mar-30 Sep, Sweden, Stockholm, Statens Historika Museum, The Vikings are Here
Prehistory and Europe
Silver-gilt drinking-horn mounts on replica horn. Rim-mount consisting of four rectangular silver-gilt foil panels of animal interlace, fastened by clips with double human masks. Twelve triangular vandykes with interlace design abutt rim. At tip is cast bird's head terminal, above this three bands of interlace and beading, with decorative panels in between. Six triangular vandykes splay out from uppermost interlace band, pointing towards mouth of horn.
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Object reference number: MCS8514
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