By Elizabeth Coatsworth
Through the Anglo-Saxon interval, goldsmiths produced paintings of a excessive typical in either layout and craftsmanship, either for private adornment, and to brighten bookbindings, reliquaries, vessels and guns. a few works are renowned, relatively the tremendous gold and garnet regalia from Sutton Hoo, yet this represents just a fraction even of the surviving paintings, and lots more and plenty extra has been misplaced. This e-book is the 1st to examine the goldsmiths' items throughout the eyes of either a expert within the interval and a pragmatic craftsman, combining shut exam of the outside and constitution of the items with research of inscriptions and facts for layout, and with literary and visible resources of proof for smiths and their paintings. Archaeological and documentary proof for workshops, instruments and dealing methods can be assessed, and updated technical info on fabrics and methods is juxtaposed with new sensible study to throw gentle on production and ornamental strategies, and, extra commonly, to provide a clean suggestion of the location of the goldsmith in his society.
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