Anglo-Saxon bead based on the find from Sarre Grave 166
The Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Sarre in Kent is a wonderful resource for beads. The finds from there show a wide range of bead types and also the quantity of beads per grave varies widely.
This is a reproduction of a single melon bead very much in the Roman style, but which continued in use for centuries. There is no information on the grave itself to explain why the bead is there, or if the owner was male or female. It could be an old bead kept as an heirloom, or perhaps as an amuletic bead.
The bead measures approximately 20mm and has an inner diameter of approximately 8mm.