Anglo Saxon, Spong Man, Urn Lid
Anglo Saxon, Spong Man, Urn Lid
Anglo Saxon, Spong Man, Urn Lid
Anglo Saxon, Spong Man, Urn Lid
Anglo Saxon, Spong Man, Urn Lid
Anglo Saxon, Spong Man, Urn Lid
Anglo Saxon, Spong Man, Urn Lid
Anglo Saxon, Spong Man, Urn Lid
Anglo Saxon, Spong Man, Urn Lid
Anglo Saxon, Spong Man, Urn Lid
Anglo Saxon, Spong Man, Urn Lid

Anglo Saxon, Spong Man, Urn Lid

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The magnificent Spong figure sits upon a 5th-century lid that would have once sealed a cremation urn. Sadly at some point, the lid "become separated" from the urn that it originally adorned. Leaving us with no clue as to what the urn looked like in its entirety. 

This charming urn lid was excavated from Spong Hill, North Elmham, in 1979, alongside many other Anglo-Saxon objects. The site soon proved to be of great importance and is now said to be the largest known Anglo-Saxon cremation cemetery in Britain. Of all the finds, the Spong figure has to be one of the most remarkable. It is among a tiny number of three-dimensional representations of the human form from the entire Anglo-Saxon period, making it very special indeed. 

There is something very evocative about the Spong figure, with their faraway look and sense of contemplation. Their expression is so familiar to us. You can imagine them sitting thoughtfully in front of a great artwork or at their desk trying to figure out some complex problem. We have all had these moments of reflection, and it helps connect us to this small figure, making you want to know what it is that they are pondering.

Whether the figure represents the occupant of the urn or is some form of guardian, we will never know. But what we can be sure of is that the Spong Figure is a stunning example of Anglo-Saxon craftsmanship. 

Slight seconds mean the item has some minor defects such as cracking or staining, but the item is otherwise fine. There is some cracking on the neck of this Spong man and a small mend, please see the images.


Terracotta, reduction fired


Approx. 135mm tall, 110mm diameter


As with all my Museum Quality Replicas, we have made this pot, as the original would have been, entirely by hand from natural clay and using replicas of the types of tool that the ancient makers would have used. As each pot varies, you may not receive the vessel in the image, but you can be sure that your pot will be one of a kind due to the variations caused by the firing process. 


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 * You can learn more about the remarkable site at Spong Hill here


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