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Horse head from Anglo-Saxon Hoard on display in Stoke

Anglo-Saxon horse head
The solid gold horse head is just inches tall

An intricate horse head is the latest item from the Anglo-Saxon Staffordshire Hoard to be put on public display.

The solid gold ornament - about two inches tall - is laced with a filigree gold design and very nearly intact.

It is the latest treasure to emerge from the 1,500-piece Staffordshire Hoard, the largest haul of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found.

It goes on display at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent between 13 February and 7 March.

Councillor Hazel Lyth, of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said: "This is the first time the horse's head will be seen in public in 1,400 years. It's an incredible, unique opportunity to marvel at our heritage.

"The quantity of the collection and craftsmanship involved is breathtaking."

The exhibition supports a bid to raise £3.3m to acquire The Staffordshire Hoard and keep it in the region.

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