Germanic Legend Panel from the Franks Casket

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 11 October 2016

This replica panel (the original is the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence, Italy) refers to a lost Germanic legend about a figure called Hos who, the runic inscriptions relates, is made to suffer by Ertae. Its mysterious imagery includes cloaked figures (right), a horse bending over a burial mound containing human remains (centre), and a warrior confronting a strange, human-like creature with wings and horse's head (left). While this imagery and its meaning are a mystery today, the figures would have been familiar to the Anglo-Saxons. The Casket was donated by Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks. Early 700s. From Auzon, Haute-Loire, Auvergne, modern-day France. (The British Museum, London).



About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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