1. A Victim Of Waldemar Atterdags Duri Invasion Of Visby In 1361 Still In His Chainmail
The Battle of Visby was fought in 1361 near the town of Visby on the island of Gotland, between the forces of the Danish king and the Gutnish country yeomen. The Danish force was victorious.
2. A Fully Intact Anglo-Saxon Sutton Hoo Helmet
The Sutton Hoo helmet is an ornately decorated Anglo-Saxon helmet found during a 1939 excavation of the Sutton Hoo ship burial. It was buried around 625 and is widely associated with King Rædwald of East Anglia.
3. Leather Boots Belonging To A 500-Year-Old Skeleton In London
Archaeologists excavating a site along with the Thames Tideway Tunnel—a massive pipeline nicknamed London’s “super sewer”—have uncovered the skeleton of a medieval man who died with his boots on.
4. The Bust Of Charlemagne Containing The Top Of His Skull
The Bust of Charlemagne is a reliquary from around 1350 which contains the top part of Charlemagne’s skull. The reliquary is part of the treasure kept in the Aachen Cathedral Treasury. Made in the Mosan region (the valley of the River Meuse), long a center of high-quality metalwork, the bust is a masterpiece both of late Gothicmetalwork and of figural sculpture.
5. Viking Glass Board Game Pieces Found In Sweden
In about AD400 this fragment of a gaming board was thrown into a bog in Vimose, Denmark, as part of a war booty offering to the gods. It most likely came from Romanised Germans, and may not be a tafl board at all, but perhaps one for the Roman game ludus latrunculorum, “the game of little soldiers”.
6. A 1,500-Year-Old Dharmachakra, The Buddhist Wheel Of Law
The dharmachakra or wheel of dharma is a widespread symbol used in Indian religions such as Hinduism, Jainism, and especially Buddhism
7. An Ivory Crosier Carved With Saint Olav Entwined In Foliage
This is the head of a crozier in walrus ivory and later bone additions, made in Norway in the late fourteenth century.
8. A Celestial Globe Mapping The Sky From The Islamic Golden Age
Islamic astronomy comprises the astronomical developments made in the Islamic world, particularly during the Islamic Golden Age (9th–13th centuries), and mostly written in the Arabic language. These developments mostly took place in the Middle East, Central Asia, Al-Andalus, and North Africa, and later in the Far East and India.
9. A Bridal Casket With Scenes From The Life Of Paris
The scenes are taken from classical literature. Depicted here are incidents from the life of the Trojan prince Paris: his childhood is combined with the more familiar stories of Paris’ judgment of the goddesses Juno, Venus, and Minerva and his abduction of Helen, Queen of Sparta, the incident which caused the Trojan war.
10. An 800-Year-Old Golden Straw For Drinking Wine
11.An Ivory Rosary Depicting Life’s Impermanence
It is from early 1500’s Germany and therefore falls at the very end of the Middle Ages.
12. Several Well-Preserved Treasures Buried With An Anglo-Saxon To Accompany Him In The Afterlife
Burial in Early Anglo-Saxon England refers to the grave and burial customs followed by the Anglo-Saxons between the mid 5th and 11th centuries CE in Early Mediaeval England. The variation of the practice performed by the Anglo-Saxon peoples during this period, included the use of both cremation and inhumation.
13. The Crystal And Gold Reliquary Of Mary Magdalene Said To Encase Her Tooth
Reliquary of Mary Magdalene, 14th and 15th century, made in Tuscany, Italy.
14.The Intricately Crafted Gloucester Candlestick
The Gloucester Candlestick is an elaborately decorated English Romanesque gilt-bronze candlestick, now in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. It was made for Gloucester Cathedral between 1104 and 1113 and is one of the outstanding survivals of English Romanesque metalwork.
15. The Devonshire Hunting Tapestries Depicting A Medieval Bear Hunt
The Devonshire Hunting Tapestries are a group of four magnificent “Flemishtapestries”, in fact probably made in Arras in Artois, France, dating from around 1430 to 1450. These enormous works, each over 3 metres wide, depict men and women in the fashionable dress of the early fifteenth-century hunting in a forest.
16. An Arm Reliquary Housing A Relic From Saint-Fiacre
The Arm Reliquary of Saint Fiacre is a silver reliquary made in the shape of an arm. The hand holds the thumb, first and second finger extended towards the heavens in a traditional gesture of blessing. The silver is hammered into shape and pinned together with silver studs at the seams.
17. An Aquamanile In The Form Of Aristotle And Phyllis
Aquamanile in the Form of Aristotle and Phyllis late 14th or early 15th century. An aquamanile is a vessel for pouring water used in the ritual of washing hands in both religious and secular contexts—by the priest before Mass and in a private household before a meal.
18. Shoe Reliquary Of Saint Margaret Meant To Hang Over The Beds Of Expectant Mothers
Because she overcame the ordeal unharmed, women suffering the pains of childbirth turned to Saint Margaret in prayer; it has been suggested that the loop at the back of this case would have allowed the reliquary to be suspended over an expectant woman’s bed.