A Corpus of Late Celtic Hanging-Bowls: with An Account of the Bowls Found in Scandinavia

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A beautifully illustrated book on a fascinating and distinctive class of Celtic metalwork, which ranges from the fifth to the eleventh century, this represents the culmination of a lifetime of research by the leading scholar on this subject, and is the only fully comprehensive account cataloguing the bowls from across Britain and Europe. It also includes new research by Dr Bruce-Mitford's co-author, Sheila Raven, on the little-known collection of bowls found in rich Viking burials abroad

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198134107
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 10/20/2005
  • Pages: 552
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Rupert Bruce-Mitford was formerly Keeper of Medieval and Later Antiquities in the British Museum. Sheila Raven is Archaeology Assistant and Post-Excavation Manager in the Department for Continuing Education at the University of Oxford

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Table of Contents

1 What are hanging-bowls? : the problems stated 3
2 About the catalogue in part II : scope and method 5
3 The history of hanging-bowl studies 8
4 Classifying the bowls 10
5 The openwork Escutcheon group 20
6 The distribution and origin of hanging-bowls in the British Isles and beyond 23
7 The use and purpose of hanging-bowls 30
8 Dating the bowls 34
9 The Scandinavian bowls 41
Classified lists of bowl finds 62
App. 1 E ware and Craig Phadrig 69
App. 2 Note on the dating of openwork hanging-bowl escutcheons 71
App. 3 Lullingstone, Eynsford, Dartford, Lower Shorne, and the Sarre bowls - a clarification 72
App. 4 The construction of the Sutton Hoo fish and its pedestal 74
App. 5 The use of yellow enamel in the hanging-bowl series in the fifth to seventh centuries 76
App. 6 A note on the Water Newton hanging-bowl and other Roman hanging vessels 81
App. 7 Notes on the Whitby Abbey site, Yorkshire, and the bowls represented there 82
App. 8 The St. Paul in the Bail bowl, Lincoln City : technical report 83
App. 9 Technical report on the bronze disc from Dunadd, Strathclyde 84
The catalogue
1 England 103
2 Scotland 312
3 Ireland 328
4 Scandinavia and Northern Europe 347
5 Supplementary bowls (recent finds) 405
6 Doubtful items and non-hanging-bowls (group 1) 423
7 Roman hanging-bowls (group 2) 459
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