The Langenhoe Lion

Colchester Castle Museum1100/1120

British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

This object is a Romanesque fitting in the form of a crouching lion. It may have mounted a shrine or casket. Caskets were often present at important religious and secular events, such as when Earl Harold swore a sacred oath before Duke William in c.1064, reputedly agreeing to help him secure the English crown.


  • Title: The Langenhoe Lion
  • Creator: Colchester Castle Museum
  • Date Created: 1100/1120
  • Physical Dimensions: 3.5 x 3.1 cm
  • Provenance: Found at Langenhoe, Essex
  • Material: silver-gilt
  • Copyright: Colchester and Ipswich Museums

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