Great Walsingham Assemblage by Unknown Artist

The Walsingham assemblage is exceptional in both its quantity and quality, and points to the existence of a temple site within the area of a Roman ‘small town’ on the north Norfolk coast.


Various; bronze & silver & lead & enamelled work
Art Fund grant:
£1,200 ( Total: £3,600)
Acquired in:
Dave Fox

The range of objects is wide including a figurine of of Minerva, a naturalistically modelled ram and two cockerels, both attributes of Mercury and silver and bronze finger rings. The objects comprise a mix of explicitly religious material and items not traditionally associated with ritual practice. They point to a potential cult area to Mercury within the Roman town. Their discovery at the Walsingham site forces us to re-evaluate our understanding of the practices of religious devotion in Romano-British life.


Found by a metal detectorist, Mr David Fox, in Great Walsingham.

Venue details

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery Castle Hill, NORWICH Norfolk NR1 3JU 01603 493625

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