Fragments of a Maple Wood Vessel from Sutton Hoo

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 06 October 2016

These fragments are from a set of six maple wood bottles or flasks, perhaps used for medium-strength alcoholic drinks, like mead or ale. Maple trees were uncommon in East Anglia, so their wood may have been highly prized. The gilded silver fittings, once fixed to the rim and body of each vessel, are decorated with interlaced designs, animals, and human faces. Donated by Mrs. Edith M. Pretty. Early 600s CE. From the ship-burial mound 1 at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk, England, UK. (The British Museum, London).



About the Author

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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