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Reconstructed shield from the ship burial at Sutton Hoo

British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

The Sutton Hoo shield is the most ornate shield to have survived from this period. This reconstruction is made from a modern wooden board covered with hide, and the original metal fittings. The emblems include a bird-of-prey and a six-winged dragon with bared teeth. These beasts may have represented the warrior's strength and offered symbolic protection. At the centre is a heavy iron boss, decorated with pairs of intertwined animals.

Details

  • Title: Reconstructed shield from the ship burial at Sutton Hoo
  • Location: British Museum, London, UK
  • Physical Dimensions: Shield; copper-alloy, garnets, iron, leather; diameter: 91.4 cm
  • Publisher: British Museum
  • British Museum link: More about this on the British Museum website

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