Fincham sword pyramid by Unknown Artist

'Sword pyramids' are sixth- and seventh-century decorative fittings associated with Anglo-Saxon sword scabbards and were used to help keep the weapon sheathed.


Details

Medium:
Gold with garnet inlays
Dimensions:
1.3 x 1 x 0.95 cm
Art Fund grant:
£1,700 ( Total: £2,200)
Acquired in:
2007
Vendor:
Department for Culture, Media and Sport

They remain very rare finds, especially when made of gold and this one is especially unusual due to its understated simplicity. This is the first sword pyramid to be acquired by Norwich and adds to its fine collection of Anglo-Saxon metalwork. This work was acquired with the support of the Art Fund with the assistance of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Provenance

Discovered by a metal detectorist in West Norfolk.

Venue details

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery Castle Hill, NORWICH Norfolk NR1 3JU 01603 493625 www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £7.95)

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