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A History of the World - The Alfred Jewel
The Alfred Jewel

One of the most outstanding items in the Ashmolean's collection is a teardrop shaped jewel depicting the figure of a man.

The inscription reads "Alfred caused me to be made." Most people attribute this to King Alfred the Great (849 - 899).

But it is not known who the glass figure depicted in the jewel is. If he is Alfred it is unusual that he is not wearing a crown.

And what was the jewel for?

Susan Walker is the keeper of antiquities at The Ashmolean. She likes to think of the Alfred Jewel as a sort of Anglo Saxon computer mouse...


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