Cleverly, Alicia has designed the lid of her box with an illusory snakeshead interlace less than a millimetre thick and found on sword pommels. With the pale blue lid of the box depicting the sky, and with Herb Robert appearing to grow out of the entwined snakesheads themselves, the illusion is given a further twist. It is almost as if you are the gold buried in the ground, looking upwards from an earth-bound grave right through the snakeshead to a clear blue sky above. The dark-blue ground represents the earth below where a wholly different treasure was found buried at Sutton Hoo decades earlier, all of it adorned with deep imagery found on the swords and helmets of Beowulf's ‘Golden Warriors'. Each image in Herb Robert is held together like a jigsaw puzzle to help us understand yet another gift from antiquity.
Designer: Alicia Amison
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