Gold bracteate pendant with repoussé design: profile helmeted head; star and ring-and-dot above wolf with Romulus and Remus; runic inscription; chevron border; wire S-scroll at base of ribbed loop;
- Mackeprang A type (?)
- Mackeprang C type (?)
- Diameter: 2.3 centimetres
- Weight: 2.24 grains
Inscription LanguageOld English
Recent research proposes that the the runes may be read as 'howling she-wolf' (a reference to the wolf image) and 'reward to a relative'. The runes are Anglo-Frisian and it is likely that the bracteate was made in Schleswig-Holstein or southern Scandinavia and brought to England by an Anglian settler.
M. Axboe, 'The Scandinavian gold bracteates', Acta Archaeologica, 52 (1982)
J. Hines and B. Odemstedt, 'The Undley bracteate and its runic inscription', Studien zur Sachsenforschungen, 6 (1987), pp. 73-94
S.E. West, 'Gold bracteate from Undley, Suffolk', Frühmittelalterliche Studien, 17 (1983)
J. Hines, The Scandinavian character of, BAR British Series 124 (Oxford, 1984)
2010-2011 12 Nov-3 Apr, London, British Library, Evolving English.
2008 15 Mar-2 Nov, Woodbridge, Suffolk, Sutton Hoo Visitor Centre, 'East Anglia: The Life and Death of a Kingdom'
Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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Object reference number: MCS5098
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