Style: Influences, Chronology, and Meaning

Leslie Webster

in The Oxford Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199212149
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology

 Style: Influences, Chronology, and Meaning

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This article investigates the Anglo-Saxon style from several angles: as part of a complex artistic tradition, and — despite limitations — as a tool in securing the chronological framework for material culture. Style study provides an unexpectedly revealing window onto the Anglo-Saxon world. The Saxon Relief Style overlapped with the relatively short lifespan of the Quoit-Brooch Style. Style 1 played a part in expressing local cultural identity. Carolingian influences increased under Alfred. By the end of the ninth century, the influence of Carolingian models becomes ever more visible. Winchester was a great focus of patronage and production in the arts of tenth and eleventh centuries. Throughout the tenth century, Scandinavian styles had been influential on metalwork and sculpture in areas of Viking settlement in the north; they entered the repertoire of southern England. The Bayeux Tapestry is Anglo-Saxon in style and workmanship.

Keywords: Anglo-Saxon style; material culture; chronological framework; Saxon Relief Style; Quoit-Brooch Style; Alfred; Carolingian models; Winchester; Scandinavian styles; Bayeux Tapestry

Article.  12766 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Archaeology

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