Pyramidal sword scabbard mount by Unknown Artist

The mount is from a sword scabbard.


Gold sheet, gold filigree & garnet
1.1 x 1.4 x 1.4 cm
Art Fund grant:
£8,750 ( Total: £20,000)
Acquired in:
Department for Culture, Media and Sport

It has the shape of a hollow pyramid and is made from four sheets of gold soldered edge-to-edge with the joints of the visible surface disguised by beaded filigree. Each face is ornamented with a knotted, snake-like zoomorph.


Found with a metal detector near Bury St. Edmunds; declared Treasure in 2000.

Venue details

Moyse's Hall Museum Moyses Hall Museum, Cornhill, BURY ST EDMUNDS Suffolk IP33 1DX 01284 706 183

Entry details

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