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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Today, I have been working on a replica of the Spong Figure, a magnificent Anglo-Saxon figure from the 5th century that adorns the lid of a cremation urn. Sadly, at some point post-excavation, the lid "became separated" from the urn that it was made for. 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 its 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 this shared experience allows us to connect with this small figure, making you want to know what 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.

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Materials

Terracotta, reduction fired

Dimensions

Approx. 135mm tall, 110mm diameter

Production

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 tools 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. 

Postage

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

SHIPPING
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RETURNS
If you aren't completely satisfied with your Potted History piece, please get in touch to organise a return. Email us at

clare@rothburycreates.co.uk

Then you can send it back at your own cost in an unused condition within 30 days, and we'll refund you for the cost of the item or items returned. If you include your order number with the returned package, that will speed things up. Please leave any original packaging intact.

Our returns address is:
Potted History, Gregory Court, Rothbury, Northumberland, NE65 7SW

PRODUCT VARIATION

Please be aware that due to items being handmade and finished, colour variations will occur during the making process, and each replica will have some differences.  Also, know that the item photographed may not be the one that you receive, and colours can appear differently on different screens.  Please ensure you look at all the images to get a fully formed idea of the item you are ordering as we try to capture the variations within the images we share.  If you prefer a specific colour variation, please contact us before ordering.