Anglo-Saxon Shield fittings

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 15 May 2016

These fittings were originally attached to the front of a circular wooden shield. The iron boss was in the center with the decorative circular mounts arranged in 2 groups around it. The gilded silver mounts, shaped like an aquatic creature and a bird clutching a fish, many have been chosen for their protective or aggressive quality. From grave 868, Sutton Hoo, Suffolk, England, UK. Circa 500s 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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