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.
Langenhoe Lion by Unknown Artist, c. 1100c. 1120
© Colchester Castle
- Silver gilt
- 3.5 x 3.1 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £1,175 ( Total: £4,750)
- Acquired in:
- 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.
Discovered by a metal detector user at Langenhoe in 2000 and declared Treasure in 2003.