Mileham sword pommel by Unknown Artist

Swords were prized and rare possessions in Anglo-Saxon warrior society, and fittings associated with them are consequently unusual archaeological finds.

Details

Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
2.4 x 1.15 x 1.2 cm
Art Fund grant:
£600 ( Total: £800)
Acquired in:
2008
Vendor:
Department for Culture, Media and Sport

This sword pommel is unusual as it is made from gilded silver and decorated with a type of ornament most commonly seen on high-status and prestige objects. The sword to which this pommel was originally attached must have been a prestige weapon, probably with an aristocratic owner. This work was acquired with the support of the Art Fund with the assistance of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Provenance

Discovered by a metal detectorist in Mileham, Norfolk and declared Treasure in 2007.

Venue details

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery Castle Hill, NORWICH Norfolk NR1 3JU 01603 493625 www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £7.95)

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