This Anglo-Saxon jewel was probably part of an aestel or pointer and was made during the reign of Alfred, who became king at a time of change in Britain. Alfred’s achievements in diplomacy and warfare with the Vikings and in education and culture make him the only English king or queen to be called ‘the Great’. The jewel provides opportunities to discuss Alfred as a leader as well as Anglo-Saxon language, texts, art and religion.
Newton Park, North Petherton, Somerset
AD 871 – 899
gold, enamel, rock crystal
height: 5.2 cm
width: 3.1 cm
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