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Sutton Hoo Anglo-Saxon Cuff

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Price: $325.00
Member Price: $292.50

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Description

Excavation of the great ship-burial at Sutton Hoo in East Anglia revealed the treasures which may have belonged to an Anglo-Saxon king, including a magnificent gold belt buckle adorned with writhing snakes, birds heads, and intertwined animals. Its rich decorative ornament makes this buckle one of the most powerful images from early Anglo-Saxon England. We have adapted details from this buckle for our sophisticated cuff.

Produced in cooperation with the British Museum.

18K gold overlay, lightly antiqued. Box-and-tongue closure. 1 1/2''W; inner circumference: 6 1/2''.

  • 18K gold overlay, lightly antiqued
  • Box-and-tongue closure
  • 1 1/2''W; inner circumference: 6 1/2''

Art History

In the fifth century A.D., Germanic peoples from northwest Europe settled in parts of lowland Britain, which had been a province of the Roman Empire. These peoples are now known as the Anglo-Saxons. Both men and women of the Anglo-Saxons wore jewelry to display their status, region, and ethnic identity. Anglo-Saxon metalworkers utilized interlaced forms to make brooches, pendants, and buckles, and a substantial amount of their jewelry has been found in graves.

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Description

Excavation of the great ship-burial at Sutton Hoo in East Anglia revealed the treasures which may have belonged to an Anglo-Saxon king, including a magnificent gold belt buckle adorned with writhing snakes, birds heads, and intertwined animals. Its rich decorative ornament makes this buckle one of the most powerful images from early Anglo-Saxon England. We have adapted details from this buckle for our sophisticated cuff.

Produced in cooperation with the British Museum.

18K gold overlay, lightly antiqued. Box-and-tongue closure. 1 1/2''W; inner circumference: 6 1/2''.





  • 18K gold overlay, lightly antiqued
  • Box-and-tongue closure
  • 1 1/2''W; inner circumference: 6 1/2''




Art History

In the fifth century A.D., Germanic peoples from northwest Europe settled in parts of lowland Britain, which had been a province of the Roman Empire. These peoples are now known as the Anglo-Saxons. Both men and women of the Anglo-Saxons wore jewelry to display their status, region, and ethnic identity. Anglo-Saxon metalworkers utilized interlaced forms to make brooches, pendants, and buckles, and a substantial amount of their jewelry has been found in graves.


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