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Scarce ancient anglo-saxon circa 9th-10th century bronze and glass amulet. This pendant is truly magnificent. It was made in bronze and ancient glass. The bronze work still has traces of the gold gilt. The pendant is unusually large which makes this piece an absolute stand out. The pendant has been matched up to a contemporary 20" bronze chain. This artifact would make a wonderful addition to any collection.
Note: The word "amulet" comes from the latin word (amuletum), an indication of the Romans invested in amulets as protection against evil spells. Prehistoric amulets representing fertility and animals have been found near some of the oldest known human remains. Archaeologists have also unearthed shells, claws, teeth, and crystalline solids dating to 25,000 B.C. Example: Engraved with symbols and sporting small holes, the objects were probably worn as necklaces.
Many amulets have religious significance. This particular amulet is Ango-Saxon which would have been worn to ward off evil and bring good luck to the wearer.
Measurements: Pendant 35mm Chain: 20 "
Weight: 25.9 grams
Date: Circa 9th-10th Century AD