One of two known photographs of the original Ooser taken between 1883-1891. The Ooser was a horned beast of folklore for several centuries in Dorset, England. The original mask disappeared in 1897; and a 1975 replica is at the Dorset Museum. Used in a procession of Morris dancers atop the Cerne Abbas giant on May Day and St. George's Day.
The treasure is believed to have belonged to a rich Viking who buried it during the unrest following the conquest of the Viking kingdom of Northumbria in 927 by the Anglo-Saxon king Athelstan. It is believed he was unable to go back to the hoard, possibly as a result of turbulence during the period.