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Gods and spirits in
Anglo-Saxon England

Amulet figure

Height: 3.800 cm

M&ME 1988,4-12.1

Amulet figure

From: Broadstairs, Kent
Date: 7th century AD

The Anglo-Saxons believed in the magic power of amulets – objects that are worn or carried for good luck and protection against harm. This one was found in a woman’s grave next to her waist. Alongside it were other items which showed that she was in charge of a household – a girdle hanger, a key and some tweezers.

The amulet is very unusual as the Anglo-Saxons didn’t usually make models of people. She is a small figure of a woman whose face has corroded away. Her legs are bowed and her feet turned inwards. She seems to be wearing a tunic.