Acquisition (From) :: Pretty, Edith M to The British Museum ::, Acquisition date :: 1939 ::, Bibliograpic reference :: Bruce-Mitford 1983 Figs. 261b, 263 ::, Bibliograpic reference :: Speake 1980 Fig. 15b ::, Consists of :: gold ::, Consists of :: silver ::, Dimension Length :: 6.30cm ::, Dimension Width :: 2.30cm :: max, Found (in) :: Sutton Hoo ::, Located in gallery :: G2/dc165 :: 20 Dec 2012, Object type :: bottle ::, Production Period / Culture :: Early Anglo-Saxon ::, Production date :: early 7thC ::, Subject :: animal ::, Uses technique :: repoussé ::
Nine silver triangular vandykes from bottles 1939,1010.122-127, in fifty-nine fragments, including some gold foil overlays; mounted on a modern perspex backing. Each vandyke is decorated with repoussé Style II decoration, comprising two facing animals with D-shaped eyes, their heads meeting at the broad end of the triangle. Their ribbon bodies are filled with transverse beading between plain raised borders; their bodies taoer towards the point of the triangle, and terminate in a long 'feathered' inward-facing foot. The animals have front hips and long thin legs which interlace symmetrically, pass through the animals' jaws and end in a three-toed foot in the upper corners of the triangle. At the pointed base of each triangle is a frontal human mask with circular eyes, moustache and beard formed by three beads; three triangles arranged over the head resemble hair. The entire design is contained within a beaded border which runs around all three sides of the vandyke, with a plain margin pierced with nine rivet holes, four down each long side and one at the tip of the triangle.