The Franks Casket / The Auzon Casket
The Front Panel
Weland the Smith / Adoration of the Magi

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The front is divided in two: the left half shows a composite scene from the Weland the Smith legend, the right half, the Adoration of the Magi, with the label 'męgi' carved above the kings. The main inscription takes the form of a riddling alliterative verse about the casket's origin.

Inscription Translation:
The fish beat up the sea on to the mountainous cliff. The king of ?terror became sad when he swam on to the shingle. Whale's bone.

Culture/period: Middle Anglo-Saxon
Date: 8th century (early)
Findspot: Found/Acquired: Auzon, Haute-Loire, Auvergne, France
Materials: whalebone
Technique: carved

Source: British Museum 1867,0120.1
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