Langenhoe Lion by Unknown Artist

The fitting in the form of a crouching lion has a flat nose, wide nose and sweptback mane, which are all characteristics of the Romanesque period.

Details

Medium:
Silver gilt
Dimensions:
3.5 x 3.1 cm
Art Fund grant:
£1,175 ( Total: £4,750)
Acquired in:
2005
Vendor:
Department for Culture, Media and Sport

This fitting was probably fixed to the gable of a house-shaped reliquary. The hindquarters of the lion are lower than the front suggesting that the figure was mounted on a slope.

Provenance

Discovered by a metal detector user at Langenhoe in 2000 and declared Treasure in 2003.

Venue details

Colchester Castle Castle Park, COLCHESTER Essex CO1 1TJ 01206 282 939 www.cimuseums.org.uk/castle

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £7.50)

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