This gold mount is filigree-decorated within a beaded wire border.
Mount by Unknown Artist, 7th century
© Chelmsford Museum and the Essex Regiment Museum
- Gold & garnet
- Diameter: 2.2 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £900 ( Total: £3,000)
- Acquired in:
- Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Pendants set with garnets and wire decoration were popular in the 7th century AD. Comparison with other saxon jewellery indicates that this came from a womans necklace pendant, and was probably the centre of a larger pendant. Chelmsford only has a small collection of Saxon artefacts and therefore this beautiful work is a welcome addition and will be used to interpret the so called Dark Ages.
Discovered in mid Essex by a metal detectorist and declared Treasure in 2007.
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