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Copper-alloy rim bindings with wood remains of vessel

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posted on 2021-10-27, 17:51 authored by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
Sibertswold Grave 69?Fragmentary rim and rim-clips from an Anglo-Saxon cup. Rim an inverted U-shaped, sheet bronze, object, now in many fragments, originally c. 17-18cm in external diam. Remains of five bronze ornamental / functional clips, made of narrow strips of sheet bronze vertically channelled, bent over rim piece and riveted twice - top rivet passing through both folds of bronze and wood as well; the lower, where back piece has terminated, passing through front strip and wood only. Section shows vessel biconical or bulbous in profile. Wood remains survive in some slips. Grain runs horizontally or diagonally around rim of vessel.No Mayer card. It is definitely Anglo-Saxon and might possibly be from Sibertswold grave 69, though this cup bore the number M 6467 and a fragment survives. The difficulty is that the Sibertswold cups (there were two) had a rim diam. of only 2 1/2 inches whereas this is 3 1/2. The Sibertswold cups, moreover, had only a simple rim with clips not prominent, or the other a most elaborate set of clips, the main ones being 1 1/2 inches or more long with three rivet heads appearing in each, and extra strips. cf. MS Diary IV figs. on p. 19 verso, and Inv. Sep. p. 113.Wood needs analysing. Wood of vessel about 4mm thick below rim.See entry for wood vessels with copper-alloy mounts from Sibertswold grave 69, M 6467. This is a larger vessel. SCH was incorrect when she states there was no Mayer Card. A Gatty Slip and a Mayer Index card exist for M 8475; perhaps this was because of the confusion over the correct catalogue number and she assumed it was M 8435. – D.H.

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Grave ID

Unknown

Object ID

M8475

Catalogue Number

M 8475

Material

copper alloy, organic (Sonia Hawkes Material Notes; bronze, wood) (Antiquarian Material; N/A)

Complete Keyword List (Including Alternatives)

rim binding (Sonia Hawkes Keyword; cup rim clips) (Antiquarian Keyword; N/A)

Status

extant

Location

National Museums Liverpool

Collection

Mayer Collection

Original Collection

Faussett

Category ID

box

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