Anglo-Saxon brooch found in Kent, England, dates to about 600-700.

The ornate and colourful decoration on this brooch consists of cloisons (cells) inlaid with garnets and blue glass paste. The front is further enriched with filigree wires. The garnets themselves were possibly obtained by sea trade from India.
A brooch like this is an elaborate form of safety pin, with the pin hidden on the back of a decorative disk. Women who could afford it would wear such a brooch to close a cloak or veil over their chest. This brooch was found at the Kings Field, Faversham, Kent. This anglo-saxon cemetery is famous for the large number of extremely rich grave finds uncovered during the construction of a railway in the nineteenth century. (x)

Courtesy & currently located at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Photo taken by Johnbod.

Anglo-Saxon brooch found in Kent, England, dates to about 600-700.

The ornate and colourful decoration on this brooch consists of cloisons (cells) inlaid with garnets and blue glass paste. The front is further enriched with filigree wires. The garnets themselves were possibly obtained by sea trade from India.

A brooch like this is an elaborate form of safety pin, with the pin hidden on the back of a decorative disk. Women who could afford it would wear such a brooch to close a cloak or veil over their chest. This brooch was found at the Kings Field, Faversham, Kent. This anglo-saxon cemetery is famous for the large number of extremely rich grave finds uncovered during the construction of a railway in the nineteenth century. (x)

Courtesy & currently located at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Photo taken by Johnbod.

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