Rock crystal amulet attached to mount by four silver bands
Europe, no date
This may be a 17th C charmstone of the kind represented in the
collections of the NMS, where round crystals are found set in silver on a
chain for dipping into liquids as charms against disease, see Hugh
Cheape, Charms against witchcraft in Goodare and Martin and Miller,
Witchcraft and belief in early modern Scotland, , p. 242.
crystal balls were often found in Northern European burials of the early
Middle Ages (especially Germanic, Merovingian and Anglo-Saxon). See A.
L. Meaney, ‘Anglo-Saxon Amulets and Curing Stones’, British
Arachaeological Reports, 96, 1981, pp 82-85.
Meaney suggests these balls were frequently complemented with a sieve-spoon and were mostly found in female burials.