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Pendant

Date:
early 7th century
Culture:
Anglo-Saxon
Medium:
Gold, garnets with patterned foil backings
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 1/8 x 1/16 x 1/16 in. (2.8 x 0.2 x 0.2 cm) With Attachment: 1 1/8 x 1 3/16 in. (2.8 x 3 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Gold
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.90.3
  • Description

    The region of Kent, in southeastern England, was an important center of Anglo-Saxon jewelry production of the type represented by this delicate, brightly colored piece. The interlace patterns created by gold filigree and the polished garnets reflect the high quality of goods worn by individuals in life and later buried with them.

  • Provenance

    [ D.F. Kennard, Linton, Kent, England (sold 1895)]; [his sale, Sotheby's, London(March 12, 1895, lot 14); Lt. General Augustus Pitt Rivers (1827–1900), Farnham, Dorset, England; [ K. J. Hewett Ltd., London]; [ Colnaghi, London]; [ Artemis Fine Arts Limited, London]; [ Ward & Company Works of Art, New York (sold 1987)]

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