One Ottonian gold brooch
- Object Number: STKMG:2003.LH.3
- Simple: brooch
- Production Place: Germany
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- Summary: One Ottonian gold brooch. Inlaid with crystal and semi-precious stones. Originally cruciform (cross-shaped) but broken and distorted from plough damage. Made in early-medieval Germany and found near Tutbury in 2001.
- Additional Notes: The brooch is an exceptional example of a piece of prestige early-medieval German jewellery. It dates to the early eleventh century and belongs to a class of elaborate, architecturally conceived filigree-enriched brooches, usually set with gems and/or enamel. They were produced in Ottonian and Salian Germany during the late 10th and first half of the 11th centuries. Most are circular or conical in form, but a pair of similarly elaborate crucifoum brooches were found under the west choir of Mainz Cathedral, Mainz, Germany. These lack enamel but show similarities in the overal design and elements of construction, particularly in the deep arcaded substructure, and the lavish use of filigree. How this fine example came to buried in Staffordshire raises intrigued but unanswerable questions.
- Contact: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery