Purse Cover, Sutton Hoo Burial

Pg. 485 Fig. 14-7


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c.615-30 Since its discovery in 1939, the Sutton Hoo burial site has been the most important physical link to the Anglo Saxon world. The site consists of 19 or 20 burial mounds that were most likely formed between 625 and 670 AD. These graves show the technol ogy and traditions of a culture where pagan customs were slowly being replaced by Christian ones.

Only the decorations on the purse are original. The white backing is is modern because the ivory or bone deteriorated long ago.  The purse was designed to hang at the waist and was found with 37 gold coins.

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Purse Cover, Sutton Hoo Burial Ship:

    Not nearly as bright as illustrated, but it had extremely delicate work, and fine craftsmanship of the hinges. Had dull metal.