Senryu Tanka #25 Immortalised

“Upside down tanka” inspired by a visit to the British Museum to see the Sutton Hoo Helmet. Mounted inside its glass case this is the most famous, most iconic artefact from the Anglo Saxon era, and I stood in front of it …….. awestruck:

The Sutton Hoo Helmet

Statue-like I stand before
warrior immortalised
time and I stand still
cold eyes staring out at me

The Two Doctors

Amateur archaeologist Basil Brown famously made the discovery of a lifetime back in 1939, when he brushed away the Suffolk soil and revealed the richest intact early medieval grave in Europe. More than a grave, it was a spectacular funerary monument on an epic scale: a 27m (88.6ft) long ship with a burial chamber full of dazzling riches.

As Basil and a team of archaeologists dug deeper, they unearthed fine feasting vessels, deluxe hanging bowls, silverware from distant Byzantium, luxurious textiles, gold dress accessories set with Sri Lankan garnets and the iconic helmet with human mask.

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  1. I went to the British Museum with the sole purpose of seeing the Sutton Hoo material. Like you, I was gob-smacked. It was like seeing the actual person staring back at me, wanting to have a conversation. After that, the Parthenon marbles and the Rosetta stone were so ho-hum.

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  2. Incredible. I would also be awestruck.

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