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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1939,1010.94.J.3

  • Description

    Tiny fragments of wood and gold leaf, from the board of shield 1939,1010.94. Two fragments bear decoration impressions from gold foil.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    12 October 2005

    Reason for treatment

    Post-survey

    Treatment proposal

    Clean, consolidate, repair & repack as necessary.

    Condition

    Fragments previously glued to glass fibre and nylon(?) net. Fragments included small triangular section peg of wood(?) which may relate to triangular section holes in leather of shield rim.

    Treatment details

    Repacked.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1939

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1939,1010.94.J.3

Wood & gold leaf, tiny fragments from body of shield no.94, including 2 pieces which bear decoration impressions from gold foil. Triangular section wooden peg/thorn that may have been connected with the triangular holes found through the leather fragments. Image width 9mm

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Wood & gold leaf, tiny fragments from body of shield no.94, including 2 pieces which bear decoration impressions from gold foil. Triangular section wooden peg/thorn that may have been connected with the triangular holes found through the leather fragments. Image width 9mm

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