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Cross (Holderness Cross)

Cross (Holderness Cross)
4 0 c m
actual image size: 22cm x 28cm


high-status pectoral cross; gold and cloisonne work inlaid with garnets; an early example of the Christian symbol in Anglo-Saxon England made with a technique known from pagan jewellery of the period; fifty-eight of the original ninety-five garnets survive; X-Ray diffraction has indicated that the garnets were set in a bedding of calcium carbonate, a technique common for Anglo-Saxon jewellery

Image Details

7th century
Accession Number
gold; cloissone; garnets

image © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

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