The Alfred Jewel

The Alfred Jewel is a 9th-century Anglo-Saxon ornament made during the reign of King Alfred the Great. Discovered in 1693, the teardrop-shaped ornament consists of a colorful enamel image of a man covered with a clear, polished piece of crystal and set in gold. Its purpose is unknown, but it was probably attached to a rod at one time. Words around the edge read “AELFRED MEC HEHT GEWYRCAN”—meaning “Alfred ordered me made”—yet the man portrayed in the center of the object is not Alfred. Who is it? More… Discuss


2 responses to “THE ALFRED JEWEL

  1. fascinating stories, quivering with history, thank you


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