Pendant, Gold with garnets, Anglo-Saxon


early 600s
Gold with garnets
Overall: 1 1/8 x 1/16 x 1/16 in. (2.8 x 0.2 x 0.1 cm)
With Attachment: 1 1/8 x 1 3/16 in. (2.8 x 3 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1987
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
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.
D.F. Kennard(sold 1895); Sotheby's, London (British)(March 12, 1895, lot 16); Lt. General Augustus Pitt Rivers, Farnham, Dorset, England; K. J. Hewett Ltd., London; [ P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., London]; [ Artemis Fine Arts Limited, London]; [ Ward & Company Works of Art (American), New York (sold 1987)]
Recent Acquisitions, 1986-1987 (Metropolitan Museum of Art) (1987). pp. 12-13.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "One Hundred Seventeenth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1986, through June 30, 1987." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 117 (1987). p. 35.

Brown, Katharine R. Migration Art, A.D. 300-800. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995. pp. 15, 42-43, fig. 10.

Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 56, p. 45.

Brown, Katharine R., Dafydd Kidd, and Charles T. Little, ed. From Attila to Charlemagne: Arts of the Early Medieval Period in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000. pp. 290, 358-359, fig. 6b, 23.16.