Drinking horns from the ship burial at Sutton Hoo

British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

Each of these drinking horns could hold around two litres of liquid, possibly mead or ale, for passing around at social gatherings. The actual horns did not survive and have been reconstructed using the original gilded silver fittings. These are stamped with designs of interlacing creatures and human masks, with the tip of each horn ending in a predatory bird’s head.


  • Title: Drinking horns from the ship burial at Sutton Hoo
  • Location: British Museum, London, UK
  • Physical Dimensions: Horns; plaster, silver-gilt; diameter: 9.5 cm (rim), length: 61 cm (reconstructed)
  • Publisher: British Museum
  • British Museum link: More about this on the British Museum website

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