Figure of an Anglo-Saxon man

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The pagan religion of the Anglo-Saxon incomers involved the worship of many gods, such as Tiw, Woden, Thunor and Friga, who have parallel deities in other Norse and Germanic religions and, of course, after whom the days of the week are named. Trees and animals, including wolves, ravens and boars, seem to have been significant in their myths and symbolism. Some of these objects are pagan, some Christian, and some ambiguous – they demonstrate the religious diversity of the Anglo-Saxon period.

Anglo-Saxon grave offering of hazelnuts in a bronze bowl


From Kent, AD 500s – 600s.

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Anglo-Saxon shield ornament in the form of a bird of prey


From Kent, late AD 500s.

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Anglo-Saxon brooch with animals and human faces


From the Isle of Wight, early AD 500s.

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Anglo-Saxon pendant with pagan human face masks arranged in a cross


From Kent, AD 600s.

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Coin of Eadbald of Kent with Christian symbols


AD 616 – 640.

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Anglo-Saxon buckle with the Christian symbol of a fish


From a cemetery in Kent, AD 600s.

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Anglo-Saxon necklace with a cross


From a burial in Northamptonshire, AD 650 – 700.

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Figure of an Anglo-Saxon man