Date Made/Found: 600-700 AD
Material and Medium: Gold, beaver tooth
Accession Number: 1996.716.6
This is a pendant made from a beaver tooth with a strip of gold sheet folded around the base of the tooth and secured with a bronze rivet. It was found in a burial mound at Wigber Low in Derbyshire.
Two beaver tooth pendants have been found at Wigber Low and they are almost identical. The first one was found during poorly recorded excavations in the 1800s. It is now in the British Museum. The tooth shown in this image was found in 1987 and is in Weston Park Museum.
The teeth of animals have been found in several Anglo-Saxon graves. They are thought to be amulets. Beaver teeth however, occur almost exclusively in 7th century graves. The two examples from Wigber Low therefore support the 7th century date for the series of burials at this site.
Weston Park Museum