Museums Home BMAGiC Home Search Browse BMAGiC Help About BMAGiC Contact Us
           

Brooch

View main imageView larger image
Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

Additional Images

Click on each image below to view at full size:
View image 2 View image 3 View image 4 

Basic Information

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

Notes

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
Material(s):Twill
Place of Origin:England
Place of Excavation:Mildenhall, Suffolk, England

Dimensions

Height:5.5 inch