These tiny pyramid-shaped objects showcase the finest in Anglo-Saxon craftsmanship.
They were found at #SuttonHoo
in the east of England and formed part of a sword-harness, perhaps used for tightening and loosening leather straps. Made from gold and inlaid with garnets and glass, they would have required immense skill to make without modern precision tools or magnifying lenses – both are less than 2cm across! The craftsperson showcased their mastery of inlaying garnets by cutting the stones to follow each edge, wrapping around the corners perfectly.
It’s unknown whether the high-status war-gear discovered at Sutton Hoo was ever worn in battle or was just ceremonial, but the sword found at the site does show evidence of being used. Pyramidal mounts were also made in plainer, cheaper versions that were constructed from different metals. #BritishMuseum #AngloSaxon #AngloSaxons #gold #cloisonné #craftsmanship