Cremation Urn


About this object

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.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • 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
  • Place collected
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Norfolk: North Elmham: Spong Hill
  • Date collected
    1760; 1760 before
  • 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: Purchased
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Donation
Object view = Humanities
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