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COMPASS Title: Buckle from the sword belt from the ship-burial at Sutton Hoo

Museum number

1939,1010.11

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COMPASS Title: Buckle from the sword belt from the ship-burial at Sutton Hoo

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  • COMPASS Title: Buckle from the sword belt from the ship-burial at Sutton Hoo

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  • Gold buckle with rectangular plate. The buckle-end has cut-away shoulders near the loop, which is of smooth plain gold and swivels on a hinge. The tongue, also of plain gold, is fixed. The rectangular plate consists of a central panel of garnet cloisonné work formed of a mass of irregular cells, with cloisonné borders along each long side. At the end of the buckle is a shelf, set slightly lower than the rectangular plate, and set with three gold rivets with beaded wire collars, interspersed with step-cut garnet cloisonné work. These rivets connect with the plain gold back-plate. There are two more rivets with beaded wire collars, heads facing downwards, beneath the shoulders.

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  • COMPASS Image Caption: Close-up of some garnet cloisonné

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  • Gold harness-mount, rectangular. Upper plate fixed to lower by three rivets at each end, in plain gold with beaded collars. The rivets are interspersed with cross-shaped cells. The central raised rectangular panel is decorated with all-over cloisonne inlay in a basic mushroom cell pattern, one of which is lacking a garnet. There are two narrow bands of garnet decoration along the two long sides. The lower plate is of plain gold.

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  • Rectangular gold harness-mount, consisting of an upper plate fixed to a lower plate by three rivets at each end. The rivets are plain gold with beaded collars, and are interspersed with cross-shaped cloisonné garnet cells. The lower plate is of plain gold. The central rectangular panel is raised, and decorated with cloisonné garnet work comprising a basic mushroom cell pattern, one of which is lacking a garnet. Each long side is decorated with a narrow band of step-cut cells. All cells are underlaid with stamped gold foil.  Curved gold dummy buckle or clasp of elongated triangular form. The loop is decorated with cloisonné garnet work, comprising one band of a running step-pattern, and one of plain rectangular and keystone cells. The buckle has a cut-away dummy tongue. Below the loop and 'tongue' are two prominent plain gold circular bosses qith beaded wire collars, each set with a circular cabochon garnet. These conceal rivets which connect with a back-plate of plain beaten gold. At the toe of the buckle is a large circular setting containing a cloisonné garnet step-pattern design, surrounded by a double collar of beaded wire. Below this was a rivet, now missing, which also connected with the back-plate. The whole piece is decorated with cloisonné garnet work, consisting chiefly of step-cut and mushroom cells. Virtually all cells are underlaid with stamped gold foil, but two or three curved stones on the shoulders of the loop may lack foil underlays.Gold buckle with rectangular plate. The buckle-end has cut-away shoulders near the loop, which is of smooth plain gold and swivels on a hinge. The tongue, also of plain gold, is fixed. The rectangular plate consists of a central panel of garnet cloisonné work formed of a mass of irregular cells, with cloisonné borders along each long side. At the end of the buckle is a shelf, set slightly lower than the rectangular plate, and set with three gold rivets with beaded wire collars, interspersed with step-cut garnet cloisonné work. These rivets connect with the plain gold back-plate. There are two more rivets with beaded wire collars, heads facing downwards, beneath the shoulders.

    Group of Objects

  • Rectangular gold harness-mount, consisting of an upper plate fixed to a lower plate by three rivets at each end. The rivets are plain gold with beaded wire collars, and are interspersed with cross-shaped cloisonné garnet cells. The lower plate is of plain gold. The central rectangular panel is raised, and decorated with inlaid cloisonné garnet work comprising a basic mushroom cell pattern, one of which is lacking a garnet. Each long side is decorated with a narrow band of step-cut cells. All cells are underlaid with stamped gold foil.

    Group of Objects

  • Rectangular gold harness-mount, consisting of an upper plate fixed to a lower plate by three rivets at each end. The rivets are plain gold with beaded wire collars, and are interspersed with cross-shaped cloisonné garnet cells. The lower plate is of plain gold. The central rectangular panel is raised, and decorated with inlaid cloisonné garnet work comprising a basic mushroom cell pattern, one of which is lacking a garnet. Each long side is decorated with a narrow band of step-cut cells. All cells are underlaid with stamped gold foil.

    Group of Objects

  • Gold buckle with rectangular plate. The buckle-end has cut-away shoulders near the loop, which is of smooth plain gold and swivels on a hinge. The tongue, also of plain gold, is fixed. The rectangular plate consists of a central panel of inlaid garnet cloisonné work formed of a mass of irregular cells, with cloisonné borders along each long side. At the end of the buckle is a shelf, set slightly lower than the rectangular plate, and set with three gold rivets with beaded wire collars, interspersed with step-cut garnet cloisonné work. These rivets connect with the plain gold back-plate. There are two more rivets with beaded wire collars, heads facing downwards, beneath the shoulders.

    Full: Front

  • Gold buckle with rectangular plate. The buckle-end has cut-away shoulders near the loop, which is of smooth plain gold and swivels on a hinge. The tongue, also of plain gold, is fixed. The rectangular plate consists of a central panel of inlaid garnet cloisonné work formed of a mass of irregular cells, with cloisonné borders along each long side. At the end of the buckle is a shelf, set slightly lower than the rectangular plate, and set with three gold rivets with beaded wire collars, interspersed with step-cut garnet cloisonné work. These rivets connect with the plain gold back-plate. There are two more rivets with beaded wire collars, heads facing downwards, beneath the shoulders.

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  • Gold buckle with rectangular plate. The buckle-end has cut-away shoulders near the loop, which is of smooth plain gold and swivels on a hinge. The tongue, also of plain gold, is fixed. The rectangular plate consists of a central panel of inlaid garnet cloisonné work formed of a mass of irregular cells, with cloisonné borders along each long side. At the end of the buckle is a shelf, set slightly lower than the rectangular plate, and set with three gold rivets with beaded wire collars, interspersed with step-cut garnet cloisonné work. These rivets connect with the plain gold back-plate. There are two more rivets with beaded wire collars, heads facing downwards, beneath the shoulders.

    Full: Front