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Fragments of a lyre from the ship burial at Sutton Hoo

British Museum

British Museum

The remains of a six-stringed maple wood lyre were found in the ship burial at Sutton Hoo. Music played an important role in Anglo-Saxon society. People made music for its own sake, and also recited stories and poems to the accompaniment of lyres like this one.

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  • Title: Fragments of a lyre from the ship burial at Sutton Hoo
  • Location: British Museum, London, UK
  • Physical Dimensions: Lyre fragments; copper-alloy, garnet, gold, wood
  • Publisher: British Museum
  • British Museum link: More about this on the British Museum website

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