Cremation Urn



Anglo-Saxon cremation urn, hand-made. Two graffiti: (a) on the shoulder above the decoration: D(is) M(anibus) (b) below (a), within a panel forming a compartment in the decorated band (for text and translation, see Inscription field below) It is apparent that the inscription is a modern forgery, plausibly based on a genuine inscription. 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.