Terminal in the form of a boar's head by Unknown Artist

The boar is an important icon in Anglo Saxon artwork, symbolising physical power and strength.


Silver & garnet inlay & gilded fields
Length: 4 cm
Art Fund grant:
£10,000 ( Total: £15,000)
Acquired in:
Department for Culture, Media and Sport

This piece might have been used as a decorative terminal on the crest of a helm.


Found with a metal detector in May 2002 in Horncastle, Lincolnshire; declared Treasure in 2002.

Venue details

The Collection: Art and Archaeology in Lincolnshire Danes Terrace, LINCOLN Lincolnshire LN2 1LP 01522 550990 www.thecollectionmuseum.com

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