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The Alfred Jewel

The Alfred jewel dates from around AD 871 - 899. It was found in 1693, ploughed up in a field at North Petherton, Somerset.

An inscription on the jewel reads ‘Aelfred mec heht gewyrkan.’ which translates as ‘Alfread ordered me to be made’. Once thought to be a jewel from a crown, it is now thought to be an ‘aestel’ - a pointer to help monks follow text in a manuscript.

On display in Gallery 41: England

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