New Staffordshire Hoard items to go on display

By on 25/01/2010 in News

A dazzlingly detailed horse's head will be one of a number of new items from The Staffordshire Hoard to be exhibited for the first time ever next month.

The intricate artefact is just a few inches in length, yet contains remarkably delicate filigree gold designs. It is the latest stunning item to emerge from the 1,500-piece Staffordshire Hoard - the largest and most valuable haul of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found.

The horse’s head will be displayed at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, in Stoke-on-Trent between 13 February and 7 March. The museum will exhibit around 80 artefacts from the hoard including gold crosses, a strip with a biblical inscription and sword pommels that date back to seventh century battlefields.

Earlier this month, Historian Dr David Starkey made a passionate plea for funds to save the Staffordshire Hoard for the West Midlands.

He is amongst a host of prominent public figures supporting the campaign, launched today by The Art Fund charity, to raise the £3.3m needed by 17 April to save this awe-inspiring find of Anglo-Saxon treasure for Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery and the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent.

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