The cross has equal rectangular arms with rounded corners and cloisonne cellwork.
The Holderness Cross by Unknown Artist, 7th century
© Ashmolean Museum
- Gold with garnet inlay
- 5 x 5 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £49,547 ( Total: £69,548)
- Acquired in:
- Sam Fogg
There is a sheet-metal suspension loop at the top. The cell-work is filled with shaped garnets of which about two thirds survive in place. At the centre of the cross is a boss formed by a large cabochon garnet, whose face is incised with a deep circle, probably formerly inlaid with gold. The cross may have been made in Anglia.
Found in Burton Pidsea on the Holderness Peninsula, East Yorkshire; Bonham's 1999; present vendor