Anglo Saxon mount with animal design

The Anglo Saxons took inspiration from animals such as birds, fish and serpents when they made their beautiful designs. We have some very interesting examples at The Beaney such as this mount. It’s possible that this design is a bird, can you see it’s beak and it’s eye? If it is a bird then it’s likely to be a crow or a raven which were symbols of Woden.

  • Anglo Saxon mount with animal design

Research Activities


Who was Woden? Why is he associated with ravens?


What does Woden have to do with Wednesday? And what do Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday have to do with the Anglo Saxons?

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