Warminster Jewel

An Anglo-Saxon jewel found in a field near Cley Hill, Warminster in 1997. This object is believed to be an aestel (manuscript pointer). Alfred, King of Wessex (871- 899 AD), sent aestels to all dioceses in his kingdom to accompany his translation of Pope Gregory’s Pastoral Care. Only three others are known: the Alfred Jewel and the Minster Lovell Jewel in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and the Bowleaze Jewel in the British Museum.

The acquisition of the Warminster Jewel was made possible with the help of Wiltshire County Council and its purchase was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, The National Art Collections Fund, the MGC/V&A Purchase Grant fund and the L.J. Skaggs and Mary C. Skaggs Foundation.

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