Bracteates are pendant ornaments of Scandinavian origin.
Bracteate by Unknown Artist, 6th century
© Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery
- Diameter: 4.4 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £5,000 ( Total: £6,000)
- Acquired in:
- Department for Culture, Media and Sport
They all have a central design and this one depicts a man with a sword engaged in combat with a beak-headed quadruped. His left hand is raised against its jaws, either clasping the animal or being bitten by it. There is a short runic inscription above the man's left hand.
Discovered by a metal detector user near Holt in Norfolk and declared Treasure in 2004.
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