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Jane F. Kershaw

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199639526

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199639526.001.0001

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Identifying Scandinavian and Anglo-Scandinavian jewellery

Identifying Scandinavian and Anglo-Scandinavian jewellery

(p.20) 2 Identifying Scandinavian and Anglo-Scandinavian jewellery
Viking Identities

Jane F. Kershaw

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a methodology for identifying Scandinavian and Anglo‐Scandinavian jewellery. The classification scheme is based on the author's first‐hand analysis of material held in museums in Sweden, Denmark, Germany and England. It identifies five features which distinguish Scandinavian from indigenous Anglo‐Saxon brooches and pendants and which feature, in various combinations, on Anglo‐Scandinavian products: object form, pin‐lug arrangement, decorative content, metal content and surface treatment. Within this scheme, the chapter describes the five main Scandinavian art‐styles as they appear on metalwork. Based on the results of new XRF analysis, conducted for this study, the scheme also identifies differences in the metal‐alloys of Scandinavian and Anglo‐Saxon brooches. This finding introduces a powerful taxonomic tool for the identification of early medieval metalwork. Overall, this chapter aims to provide a valuable practical resource for curators and finds professionals, to facilitate the correct identification of future discoveries of metalwork.

Keywords:   classification, methodology, metal content, art styles, decoration

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