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Sir John Evans's Collections of Artefacts


Anglo-Saxon Cruciform Brooch

Country of Origin: Britain

Description: One of a pair of early Anglo-Saxon copper alloy cruciform brooches, so named because of their shape. This brooch has decoration on each of the side lappets in the form of downward-facing birds' heads.

Dimensions: 9.3cm length x 6.1cm width

Object Period: Anglo-Saxon

Provenance: Haslingfield, Cambridgeshire

Museum Accession No.: AN1909.239i

Aquisition History: Found in 1874. Acquired by Sir John Evans and presented to the Ashmolean by Sir Arthur Evans in 1909.

Other Information: This is one of several objects in the John Evans' collection from this site, including a decorated bucket (AN1909.305) and a glass spindle whorl (AN1909.224) (Both these objects can be viewed on this website).

Further References / Links:

A. MacGregor and E. Bolick, Ashmolean Museum: Summary Catalogue of the Anglo-Saxon Collections (Non- Ferrous Metals) (Oxford, 1993) BAR British Series 230, no.12.29.