Bracteates are pendant ornaments of Scandinavian origin.

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.

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

Castle Hill, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 3JU
01603 493625

Opening times

2 Jan – 29 Jun, 1 Oct – 31 Dec
Mon – Sat, 10am – 4.30pm
Sun, 1 – 4.30pm

30 Jun – 30 Sept
Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm
Sun, 1 – 5pm

Closed 1 Jan, 24 – 26 Dec

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