The Savernake Horn

The Savernake Horn

Anon.

12th or 13th century, with later additions

England and Scotland

ivory and metal

The Savernake Horn has been associated with the Savernake Forest in Wiltshire and its owners, the Seymour family, since at least Elizabethan times, when King Henry VIII hunted there and married Sir John Seymour’s daughter Jane. The ivory itself probably dates from the twelfth or thirteenth century. The decorative bands near the horn’s mouth were made in the fourteenth century, and are carved with creatures including hawks, a unicorn and a lion. On the upper band are depicted a king apparently conversing with a bishop, while a forester stands by them. The mouthpiece and other silver band were added in the eighteenth century, and a leather belt associated with the horn has links with Scotland. As poems such as Horn show, symbolic objects such as hunting and drinking horns, rings and weapons were an integral part of the narrative structure of romances.

Comments

01/10/2017

Ed Begley

Amazing the blazon or Arms looks like the Bagley Baguley family's of Cheshire

A romantic assignation
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