Cremation Urn


About this object

Elaine Tankard had created a group of Anglo-Saxon displays before World War II. They had been so successful that she had written about them in the Museum Journal, a monthly magazine for museum curators. This cremation urn, which was more than 1400 years old, was likely to have been part of those displays.
Most of the museum’s Anglo-Saxon collection was evacuated to safe places in the countryside in North Wales and Cheshire, but this large and fragile urn, perhaps to difficult to pack and transport in the museum van seems to have been left in the museum.

The urn had arrived at World Museum in the late 19th century. It had been in the collection of Reverend Bryan Faussett, a pioneering 18th century archaeologist from Kent. The urn was then collected by Joseph Mayer, World Museum’s founding collector and given to the museum in the late 19th century. It is no longer in World Museum’s collection and is presumed destroyed during the May Blitz of 1941.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Norfolk
  • Date made
    6th Century AD
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Norfolk: North Elmham: Spong Hill
  • Date collected
    In or before 1760
  • Measurements
  • Note
    Found at Spong Hill, an Anglo-Saxon cemetery site, in or before 1760 when it was given by a Mrs Milles to the Reverend Bryan Faussett. After entering the Mayer collection, it passed to Liverpool Museum where it was destroyed in 1941 during the Second World War.
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer (Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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