The Sutton Hoo Great Gold Buckle

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 12 May 2016
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This buckle, known as the Great Gold Buckle, is a masterpiece of early medieval craftsmanship. Its form with curved sides and 3 domed bosses resembles Frankish buckles. The plate is a hollow box that opens at the back and locks using 3 movable sliders. Buckles with similar mechanisms are known from the Frankish realm and other parts of the Continent. They probably contained Christian relics, and perhaps the Sutton Hoo buckle held something precious too. Made using over 400 grams of gold, its intricate decoration shows 13 intertwining creatures inlaid with niello (a black metal alloy). The Suttton Hoo buckle is a superlative example of of this type of animal ornament, which was popular with many Germanic people at that time. From the Sutton Hoo Ship-burial Mound 1, England, UK. Early Anglo-Saxon, early 7th century CE. (The British Museum, London)

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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Amin, O. S. M. (2016, May 12). The Sutton Hoo Great Gold Buckle. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "The Sutton Hoo Great Gold Buckle." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified May 12, 2016.

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Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "The Sutton Hoo Great Gold Buckle." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 12 May 2016. Web. 26 Jul 2021.