Hanging bowl fittingPrevious owner: Previously owned by
, British, 1821 - 1861
Material and Medium: Copper alloy, enamel
Dimensions: Diameter 4.4cm, maximum length of larger piece 3.6cm
Accession Number: J93.1190
This Anglo-Saxon hanging bowl fitting was found by Thomas Bateman at Benty Grange burial mound, near Monyash, Derbyshire. He originally discovered three hanging bowl fittings at Benty Grange. This suggests that a whole bowl was placed in the burial. The fittings were all in poor condition and now only parts of one of them survive.
Hanging bowls are sometimes found in high status Anglo-Saxon burials. No-one knows exactly what they were used for. They may have been punch bowls at feasts or have held water during religious ceremonies.
Hanging bowls were made of very thin bronze with three decorative fittings where the hanging chains attached. Often only the fittings survive in the ground.
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