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The Art of the Anglo-Saxon Goldsmith


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List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Glossary; 1 Introduction: the backgroaund to the study of the Anglo-Saxon goldsmith; Part I: The Goldsmith in Archaeology and his Art; 2 Archaeological evidence for goldsmiths and their tools; 3 Manufacturing techniques; 4 Decorative techniques 1: Changes of surface or form; 5 Decorative techniques 2: Non-metallic additions; 6 Construction and design; Part II: The Goldsmith in his Society; 7 Imagined goldsmiths: the representation of smiths in Anglo-Saxon literature and illustration; 8 Real goldsmiths: the historical evidence; 9 The Anglo-Saxon goldsmith in his society; Appendix A: The Anglo-Saxon vocabulary of metalworking; Appendix B: Select catalogue; Bibliography; Index

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Dr Elizabeth Coatsworth is Senior Lecturer at the Department of History of Art & Design, Manchester Metropolitan University. Dr Michael Pinder is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Architecture, Landscape and 3DD, Manchester Metropolitan University.


In its sharp observation, lucid presentation, and masterful synthesis of information, (this book) represents a significant and most welcome contribution to early medieval archaeology, art history, and history of science. TECHNOLOGY & CULTURE Ambitious and wide-ranging.(...) Should be consulted as a first step by anyone with a serious interest in Anglo-Saxon metalwork. COLLEGE ART ASSOCIATION online.

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