A stunning solid gold horse’s head, part of the largest ever Anglo Saxon gold findings, is to on public display for the first time in 1,400 years.
The two-inch tall ornament will be on display from 13 February-7 March at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent.
Laced with filigree gold design and impressively intact, this treasure is part of the 1500 piece Staffordshire hoard.
“The quantity of the collection and craftsmanship involved is breathtaking,” said Councillor Hazel Lyth, of Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
The mini statue highlights how important of horses were in Anglo Saxon society, from undertaking mundane tasks to going to war.
The exhibition will help towards raising the £3.3m needed to keep the Staffordshire hoard in the area.
The Art Fund, the UK’s leading independent art charity, is spearheading the campaign to save the hoard for the West Midlands. To donate please visit www.artfund.org/hoard or call 0844 415 4004.