Precious items go on display in exhibition at Canterbury Museum
A GOLD pendant and brooch discovered in Canterbury and Kingston have gone on display in a new exhibition called Gold: Power and Allure.
The pendant, from Canterbury Museum, dates back to the seventh century and was found on an old Anglo Saxon burial site.
Historian Dr Helen Clifford said: "It is somewhat ironic that the so-called Dark Ages should have produced some of the finest gold work ever made in these islands."
The Kingston Brooch, inlaid with blue glass, white shell and cut garnets is from Liverpool Museum and is also from the same period.
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It is the largest and finest brooch of its kind to be found. It was excavated in 1771 by the barrow digger Reverend Brian Faussett and his son at Kingston Down.
It was discovered in the grave of a woman and incorporates more than 830 separate pieces.
Dr Clifford said: "It is a work of superlative Anglo-Saxon craftsmanship with its zoomorphic filigree, twisted wire decoration and cloisonné garnet work."
The finds at Kingston Down were published by James Douglas in 1793 in his Nenia Britannica, the first in which artefacts discovered through excavation were systematically illustrated.
The Faussett collection was sold in 1853 to Joseph Mayer, who left it to the City of Liverpool.
Gold: Power and Allure opened at London's Goldsmiths' Hall on Friday, June 1. It features more than 400 items and runs until Saturday, July 28. Admission is free.