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Gold belt buckle from the ship burial at Sutton Hoo

British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

This magnificent buckle is made of gold and weighs 412.7 grams (almost a pound). It would have been used to fasten the kind of waist belt commonly worn by Anglo-Saxon men at the time, from which might hang a knife and a leather pouch. The buckle's surfaces are decorated with 13 animals including birds, interwoven snakes and four-legged beasts.

Details

  • Title: Gold belt buckle from the ship burial at Sutton Hoo
  • Location: British Museum, London, UK
  • Physical Dimensions: Buckle; gold; length: 13.2 cm, width: 5.6 cm
  • Publisher: British Museum
  • British Museum link: More about this on the British Museum website

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