Bamburgh Beast brooch
7th century Anglo Saxon period design incorporating zoomorphological artwork.
The original solid gold plaque was excavated at Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland in 1971. It is thumb nail sized and believed to be from a book cover or shrine.
Bamburgh was likely the capital of the kingdom of Bernicia, which predated Northumbria. Bede indeed often mentions Bamburgh as the kingdom’s ‘royal city.
It is a lovely motif and makes a striking brooch.
Length 48mm. Presented in a gift box.