Sutton Hoo Sceptre (Replica)

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This object, found in the early 7th-century Sutton Hoo ship burial, is thought to be either a whetstone or a sceptre, perhaps similar to the thuuf mentioned at the end of HE 2.16. Colgrave-Mynors notes: "An object found at Sutton Hoo in the burial ship ... is supposed by some to be a royal standard of some kind ... Bede probably got the word tufa from Vegetius [Dē Re Militārī 3.5]. The Old English word thuf (tuft of feathers or foliage) with which he equated it, suggests that the standard was bushy or covered with foliage..." (p. 192, n. 3). 

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"Whetstone from the Sutton Hoo ship burial." British Museum. 

"Whetstone or Sceptre?" Medieval Histories (7 November 2013). Web.

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6th-7th c. CE
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British Museum