Jewels, Hair and Accessories of the Middle Ages
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Purse Cover From Burial at Sutton Hoo

Purse Cover From Burial at Sutton Hoo The burial site of Sutton Hoo is one the most complete and rich archeological finds of this era. The richness of the burial ship has drawn comparisons to the world described in the epic Beowulf.

Rowel Spur (c. 1400); Spanish, Catalan; Copper, gold, and enamel; L. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)

During the Middle Ages jewelry was connected intimately to showing social stature and rank. In the Early Middle Ages, the influence of massive chains from the Byzantine Empire combined with the Roman trend for beautiful intricate glass beads and metal disks. For women, their necklaces would have been covered up by the couvre-chef. Still, they […]