The Bowleaze Jewel by Unknown Artist

Gold jewel of domed circular section decorated with beaded wire, centred by a blue glass cabochon stone, tapering short socket terminating in similar beadwork.

Details

Medium:
Gold & blue glass
Dimensions:
Height: 2.8 cm
Art Fund grant:
£8,785 ( Total: £42,465)
Acquired in:
1992
Vendor:
Sotheby's

The narrow socket would have held an ivory or wood rod or pointer. The Bowleaze Jewel's association with the court workshops of Alfred the Great is very likely.

Provenance

Found in March 1990 at Bowleaze Cove, Weymouth, Dorset; sold by finder.

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8299 www.britishmuseum.org

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