Bredfield Brooch by Unknown Artist

Great disc brooches of this kind are extremely rare items of jewellery; fewer than fifteen are known to have been found in the British Isles, and the Bredfield Brooch, even when compared with similar objects, is impressively large.


Diameter 10.5 cm; weight 35.12g
Art Fund grant:
£3,000 ( Total: £8,500)
Acquired in:
Department for Culture, Media and Sport

The object, which would certainly have been made for a member of the elite, is intricately decorated; in each of its four quarters, highly stylised creatures appear with long, sinuous bodies, oval-shaped eyes, snouts, tongues, and perhaps forked tails or feet.


Discovered in 2009 by a metal-detectorist at Bredfield in Suffolk.

Venue details

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery Castle Hill, NORWICH Norfolk NR1 3JU 01603 493625

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