The Guilden Morden boar is a sixth- or seventh-century Anglo-Saxon
copper alloy figure of a boar that may have once served as the crest of
a helmet. It was found around 1864 or 1865 in a grave in the village of
Guilden Morden in Cambridgeshire. Herbert George Fordham, whose father
discovered the boar, donated it to the British Museum in 1904, where it
is now displayed. It is simply designed, with a prominent mane; eyes,
eyebrows, nostrils and tusks are only faintly present. A pin and socket
design formed by the front and hind legs suggests that the boar was
mounted on another object, such as a helmet. Boar-crested helmets are a
staple of Anglo-Saxon imagery, evidence of a Germanic tradition in which
the boar invoked the protection of the gods. They may have been common,
and in the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf, boar-adorned helmets are mentioned
five times. The Guilden Morden boar is one of three known to have
survived to the present, together with the ones on helmets from Benty
Grange and Wollaston.
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Wiktionary's word of the day:
A place of complete bliss, delight, and peace, especially one seen as an
escape from ordinary life; a paradise.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה', אֱ-לֹהֵינוּ
מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָׁנוּ
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