“The Sutton Hoo Belt Buckle”
A gold belt buckle ornamented with dense intertwining ribbon animals, each biting one another.
Cast out of gold, inlaid with niello.
Made in the early 600s in Anglo-Saxon England, used in a ship burial for a king. Discovered during initial excavations at Sutton Hoo, and promptly bequeathed in 1939 to the British Museum, where it is currently held.
I’ve shared pieces from the Sutton Hoo hoard but I never get tired of seeing the amazing workmanship on every piece.