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Re: Seventh Century Bronze Hanging Bowl - Lullingstone
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2015, 23:06:53 »
 Late 7th - early 8th century AD. Discovered in April 1859 by workers digging for clay for brick making between Lullingstone and Eynsford. Diameter; 248 millimetres.
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Seventh Century Bronze Hanging Bowl - Lullingstone
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2012, 14:59:51 »
14th December, 1967

The Lullingstone Bowl

A highly important seventh-century bronze hanging bowl from Lullingstone in Kent has been given to the British Museum by Sir Oliver Hart Dyke.  The bowl, which has been in the possession of the Hart Dyke family since its discovery in 1860 during excavations for the railway embankment at Eynsford, was formerly on loan to the museum.

The bowl is unique among the 150 or so of the English hanging-bowl series.  The precise function of hanging bowls is still uncertain.  They are of Celtic manufacture, though often found in Anglo-Saxon graves.  It seems probable that they were made to contain water, and possibly used in some ceremonial way, perhaps in churches.

The Lullingstone bowl is a particularly rich example, lavishly covered with tinned-bronze appliques of animals stags, fish, hawks and other birds and various abstract symbols.

The bowl is on exhibition in the King Edward VII Gallery in the British Museum.


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