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About this object

  • ID:

    78.107/2

  • Production date:

    Early Saxon-Middle Saxon; 6th-early 7th century

  • Location:

    In Store

  • This fish-shaped mount was found on the Thames foreshore at Barnes in 1977. It is made of copper-alloy (brass or bronze); the 'body' and 'fins' are plated with gold, the 'head' and 'tail' with silver; the surface is decorated with incised lines and punched ovals. Stylised 'fish' (in some cases they are recognisable as pike) like this were used as decoration on Anglo-Saxon shields owned by wealthy men. Shields were made of wood, sometimes painted or covered with leather.

  • Measurements

    L 122 mm; W 37 mm; D 8 mm (overall)

  • Materials

    copper alloy; gold; silver

  • Last Updated

    2024-01-24

FURTHER INFORMATION
  • NUMBER OF ITEMS

    1

  • STATUS

    permanent collection

  • COPYRIGHT HOLDER

    digital image copyright Museum of London

  • Related place

    River Thames (found)

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