Artisans and craftsmen work diligently and fastidiously to create beauty and to express the aesthetic of their time. They labor for hours and days and weeks, maybe even years, to produce an object that embodies a particular idea, philosophy or point of view. And when they are successful, their work captures the imagination of those who see it.
The gold pieces in the picture are just a few in the largest Anglo Saxon treasure ever found. They were made by master metal workers whose talent is evident even to an untrained observer. And though we can see the exquisite detail and wonder at the purposeful damage these pieces sustained before burial, we do not know very much more about them. Who did they belong to? Why were they mangled? How did they come to be buried? It will take time and expertise to tease out the clues left in these incredibly beautiful pieces.
We are left to wonder. This is the stuff that fuels imagination and carries the creative energy forward in all its many forms. To be inspired and awed, please visit National Geographic for pictures of a few pieces of the hoard. To be completely mesmerized, watch the TV special which will air again on Sunday.