The Alfred Jewel

late ninth-century

Gallery 35 Ancient Rome and Dark Age Europe

  Related Objects in the Ashmolean

The Minster Lovell Jewel
late ninth-century

Gallery 2 Medieval

Although less impressive than the Alfred Jewel, this piece shares many of its characteristics: the use of granulation as decoration appears on the surfaces of both pieces, while the fine enamelling technique (which is also a feature common to both) is extremely rare elsewhere at this time. The likelihood is that both pieces were made in the same workshop. The socket at the base of the Minster Lovell Jewel, which retains a rivet like that on the Alfred Jewel, also suggests that they performed the same function as a pointer.