The graves of Anglo-Saxon women often included this type of object. It is called a girdle-hanger and imitates the shape of a key. They are believed to symbolise a woman’s authority over the home. This very fine example must have belonged to someone of high status. It can be used to explore the appearance, status and lives of women in early Anglo-Saxon society.
Searby, Lincolnshire, England
length: 16.2 cm
width: 3.75 cm at terminals
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