Bracteate by Unknown Artist

Bracteates are pendant ornaments of Scandinavian origin.


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.

Venue details

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery Castle Hill, NORWICH Norfolk NR1 3JU 01603 493625

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