Gilded silver brooch: early 6th century
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Gilded silver brooch, square at the top and in a cross-like shape beneath. It is decorated with patterns of interlaced lines. This Anglo-Saxon brooch is of a type archaeologists call 'Great-Square-Headed Brooches'. The cast decoration shows strong influence from Scandinavian art, but it was made in southern England in the early 500s. It was found with the skeleton of a young woman in a grave in a Saxon burial ground discovered during gravel digging in Mitcham (London Borough of Merton) before the First World War. It is the finest item of jewellery from the site; the woman was clearly someone of wealth and high status.
500 AD - 550 AD