The pendant is inlaid with garnets and in the form of an insect, probably a cicada.
Pendant by Unknown Artist, 5th century
© Copyright The Trustees of the British Museum
- 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.
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