Medieval silver brooch

Photo: Tyne and Wear Museums CC By SA2.0
Object type: Ampulla
Period: Anglo-Saxon
Primary material: Bronze
Date found: 03/12/2020
Location: Capheaton, Northumberland


A silver brooch dating to 1200 – 1450. It is inscribed on both sides with IESUS NAZARENUS REX I/IASPER FERT AURUM TUS, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews/Casper brings gold, frankincense“. This use of the names of the Magi were believed to protect against epilepsy. A Find of Note.