Swords were prized and rare possessions in Anglo-Saxon warrior society, and fittings associated with them are consequently unusual archaeological finds.
Mileham sword pommel by Unknown Artist, late 6thearly 7th century
© Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery
- 2.4 x 1.15 x 1.2 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £600 ( Total: £800)
- Acquired in:
- 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.
Discovered by a metal detectorist in Mileham, Norfolk and declared Treasure in 2007.
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