Abingdon Sword replica; Saxon; England, Oxfordshire, Abingdon-on-Thames, findspo...

From

Abingdon County Hall Museum

Name/Title

Abingdon Sword replica

About this object

Full size replica of a magnificent sword made in the late Saxon period c. 900AD , which was found in the River Ock in 1874. The elaborate silver decoration of animals and the symbols of the four Christian evangelists (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) suggest that its owner was a wealthy Christian. The quality of the sword indicates the importance of the original owner, perhaps a Saxon prince visiting the royal hunting lodge on Andersey Island just across the river from Abingdon Abbey.

Date Made

900AD

Date Made

Saxon

Place Made

England, Oxfordshire, Abingdon-on-Thames, findspot

Place Notes

Found in the River Ock, Abingdon-on-Thames.

Place Made

England, Oxfordshire, Abingdon-on-Thames, findspot

Place Notes

Found in the River Ock, Abingdon-on-Thames.

Subject and Association Keywords

Abingdon-on-Thames

Subject and Association Keywords

sword

Subject and Association Keywords

iron

Subject and Association Keywords

replica

Subject and Association Keywords

trade

Subject and Association Keywords

warfare

Subject and Association Keywords

Christianity

Subject and Association Keywords

Saxon

Subject and Association Description

Abingdon-on-Thames occupied a strategic site on a major trade route where the River Ock joins the River Thames. The settlement was often near the edge of established territories in various periods, including Iron Age tribal territories and the Late Saxon kingdons of Wessex and Mercia.

Medium and Materials

replica steel; original iron with silver decoration

Style and Iconography

Saxon

Style and Iconography

Christian

Technique

forged

Collection

Hampshire Museums Service

Credit Line

Replica on loan from Hampshire Museums Service; original in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Object Type

weapon, sword

Object number

Hampshire Loan.1

Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

Tags

decorated
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metal
replica
Saxon
status
sword
trade
warfare
weapon

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