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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1939,1010.94.K.6

  • Description

    Gilt copper alloy boss, or rivet-head, one of five (1939,1010.94.K.2-6) set around shield boss 1939,1010.94.K. Dome-headed, with a roped collar and a rivet which projects through to the rear of the shield. The boss has an outer rim decorated with one band of dots and one band of triangles.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 1.5 centimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Bruce-Mitford 1978 Figs.18-19, 34 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G2/dc175

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1939

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1939,1010.94.K.6

Reconstruction of the Sutton Hoo shield, using original gold and garnet fittings and modern replica fittings on a modern wooden shield board. Original fittings used in the reconstruction are separately registered.

Reconstruction of the Sutton Hoo shield, using original gold and garnet fittings and modern replica fittings on a modern wooden shield board. Original fittings used in the reconstruction are separately registered.

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