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Christian Treasures from the Stafforshire Hoard
from the Staffordshire Hoard
 
Processional Cross from the Staffordshire Hoard: from the Portable Antiquities Fickr Page -  Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, used under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence

Northumbrian priest with Processional Cross -  Nash Ford Publishing

 

 

 
Entwined Dog Pattern from the Staffordshire Hoard Cross -  Nash Ford Publishing
  • The religious objects in the Staffordshire Hoard seem to have been deliberately crushed.
  • They may have belonged to defeated Christians.
  • At least one cross may have been a 'processional cross'. It would have been placed on top of a long pole. It would have been carried by a priest in front of a procession (a parade) of Anglo-Saxon or British soldiers going into battle.
  • The arms of this cross (picture left) were decorated with entwined dogs (picture above). There were once jewels on the ends and in the middle.
  • There was also a strip of gold with an inscription on it from the Bible. It is not known how it was worn, but it was just the sort of thing to take into battle.
  • The inscription reads:
    • "Rise up, o Lord, and may your enemies be dispersed and those who hate you be driven from your face."

Biblical Inscription from the Staffordshire Hoard: from the Portable Antiquities Fickr Page -  Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, used under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence

 

 

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