The Anglo-Saxon Manton Hanging Bowl was found in a sandpit in 1939. It dates to the sixth or seventh century. Hanging bowls seem to have had a number of different uses. Some may have been used for rituals, such as for baptisms, but others may have been used for washing or for holding drink at feasts.
Although the decoration on hanging bowls is Celtic in nature they are usually found in Anglo-Saxon contexts. The decorative glass mille-fiori used on the Manton Hanging Bowl suggests that it came from the same workshop as the bowl found at Sutton Hoo in the royal ship grave.
The Manton Hanging Bowl can be seen in the Archaeology Gallery at North Lincolnshire Museum. The Museum is open daily throughout the year.
Manton Hanging Bowl can be viewed at North Lincolnshire Museum