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Basic Information

Accession Number:1958A206
Collection:Antiquities - Mediaeval
Date:500 - 600


Many Anglo-Saxon women wore pairs of brooches, one at each shoulder, to fasten their dresses in place. This particular type of brooch is known as a 'cruciform' (cross-shaped) brooch, from the shape of the head. When new this would have been an impressive piece of jewellery. It would not have been dull green, but a shining bronze colour. It is also decorated with five little enamelled discs. The enamel has now decayed to a murky white, but originally it would have been a bright colour - perhaps yellow, red or green.

Bequeathed by Thomas G Barnett.

Further Information

Production Period:Saxon
Place of Origin:England
Place of Excavation:Mildenhall, Suffolk, England


Height:5.5 inch