Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Real and Fake
Ashmolean Museum. The inscription says AELFRED MEC HEHT GEWYRCAN – 'Alfred ordered me to be made’, and the consensus is that this is an authentic artifact of the reign of Alfred (871-899 AD).Metropolitan Museum in New York used to display as an authentic artifact of Alfred's reign but now believes is a nineteenth-century fake. Not a bad copy!