Gold and copper alloy brooches with 'Star of David' design: 6th century

Gold and copper alloy brooches with 'Star of David' design: 6th century
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 29cm x 22cm

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Men and women both wore brooches, like large safety pins, to fasten their clothes. They were often worn in pairs on the shoulders. Only the rich could afford brooches made of gold or silver. These were found in a grave in the Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Mitcham, near the neck of a fragmentary skeleton, and are made of copper-alloy covered in gold (gilded). They have an unusual 'Star of David' design. Also found was an iron knife at the skeleton's waist and an ivory ring on the forearm.

Image Details

Date
 
400 AD - 500 AD
Image Number
 
000130

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