Drawings of Anglo-Saxons

ANGLO-SAXON DISCOVERY

Drawings of objects

Ixworth Cross

Ixworth Cross (AN1909.453)

This cross (AN1909.453) is decorated by a method called cloisonné work. You may recognise this from other famous Anglo-Saxon objects, such as those from Sutton Hoo.

This method of decoration involves making a lattice of gold and filling the holes with gemstone which precisely cut to the size of the hole.

The cross was found in a grave at Ixworth in Suffolk in about 1856.

The grave also contained a jewelled disc brooch (AN1909.454) and some iron staples thought to be from a coffin.

These items suggest the owner was certain wealthy and probably important to their community.

Jewelled disc brooch from Ixworth (AN1909.454)
Holderness Cross

It is thought the cross dates from the seventh century and was produced as a Christian object. Hence it shows how beliefs were changing at this time. Objects like this can demonstrate to archaeologists how Anglo-Saxon beliefs changed.

The Holderness Cross is another example of changing beliefs affecting the styles of Anglo-Saxon objects. Can you see any similarities with the Ixworth Cross?

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