Date first half of 7th century
Movement Early Medieval
Medium Gold with garnets and enamels
Provenance Sutton Hoo ship burial
Housed at The British Museum
This purse would have been attached to the Sutton Hoo gold belt by three strands of leather. Motifs are reminiscent of much earlier themes; for example, the man flanked by two standing animals recalls Mesopotamian art dating to 2600 BCE, and highlights the fact that art from this region and era reflects the migrating and meshing of tribes and cultures that was so commonplace.