Abingdon Sword replica; Saxon; England, Oxfordshire, Abingdon-on-Thames, findspo...
Abingdon Sword replicaAbout 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
Found in the River Ock, Abingdon-on-Thames.Place Made
Found in the River Ock, Abingdon-on-Thames.Subject and Association Keywords
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 decorationStyle and Iconography
SaxonStyle and Iconography
Hampshire Museums ServiceCredit Line
Replica on loan from Hampshire Museums Service; original in the Ashmolean Museum, OxfordObject Type
Hampshire Loan.1Copyright Licence
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