A hoard of Late Roman jet jewellery, discovered during excavations off Hall Street in Chelmsford (the Roman town of Caesaromagus).
Jewellery hoard by Unknown Artist, 4th century
© Chelmsford Museum and the Essex Regiment Museum
- Various dimensions
- Art Fund grant:
- £930 ( Total: £3,750)
- Acquired in:
- Joseph Mandel
The jewellery is exquisitely carved and includes a Lion pendant, an articulated necklace and bracelet, hairpins, an armlet, and the Medusa Pendant, described as 'the finest found in Britain'. The collection illustrates the adornment of a wealthy lady of Late Roman Britain, and is likely to have been a votive deposit. Jet is a form of petrified wood and was collected at Whitby in Yorkshire.
Excavated in 1972 in Chelmsford; on permanent display at Chelmsford Museum since 1991.
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