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.

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.

Colchester Castle

Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ
01206 282 939

Opening times

Daily, 10am – 5pm (Sun from 11am)

Exhibitions at Colchester Castle

Back to top