Imagining Sutton Hoo: The Boars

Aakheperure

Bangalee, Australia

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“eofor sceal on holte,
toðmægenes trum.”
The boar shall live in the thicket, strong of tusk
~ Gnomic verses
The boar represents warfare, strength and protection in art and literature – featuring in epic poems such as Beowulf. Sacred to the god Frey, the boar crest was often fashioned on helms and it appears on the shoulder pieces from the Sutton Hoo ship burial which inspired this piece. The white boar was the heraldic animal of King Richard III.
Although the famous 7th Century ship burial included objects from many different styles and cultures, I have focused on those which typify the Anglo-Saxon aesthetic. This design uses the boar motifs on the shoulder pins used to fasten the owner’s armour. The original items were constructed with gold, garnets and coloured glass.
Hand drawn in Affinity Designer 2018

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