Pendant by Unknown Artist

The pendant is inlaid with garnets and in the form of an insect, probably a cicada.


Gold & garnet
2.5 x 2 cm
Art Fund grant:
£10,000 ( Total: £22,000)
Acquired in:
Department for Culture, Media and Sport

The tope of the pendant is filled with a single garnet cut to represent a highly stylised zoomorphic head, the eyes and mouth represented by two semicircular cells and one triangular cell. The wings of the insect are decorated with scale-like cells.


Discovered in Horncastle, Lincolnshire by a metal detector user in 2003 and declared Treasure.

Venue details

The Collection: Art and Archaeology in Lincolnshire Danes Terrace, LINCOLN Lincolnshire LN2 1LP 01522 550990

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