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

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.


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