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Sutton Hoo Anglo-Saxon Torsade Necklace

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Price: $275.00
Member Price: $247.50

Item# 80-018075 







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 torsade.

Produced in cooperation with the British Museum.

18K gold overlay, lightly antiqued, with glass tiger's eye. Five strands and an off-center medallion. Box-and-tongue closure. 17''L.

  • 18K gold overlay, lightly antiqued, with glass tiger's eye
  • Five strands and an off-center medallion
  • Box-and-tongue closure
  • 17''L

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 torsade.

Produced in cooperation with the British Museum.

18K gold overlay, lightly antiqued, with glass tiger's eye. Five strands and an off-center medallion. Box-and-tongue closure. 17''L.





  • 18K gold overlay, lightly antiqued, with glass tiger's eye
  • Five strands and an off-center medallion
  • Box-and-tongue closure
  • 17''L




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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