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Anglo-Saxon, Irish and British Relations: Hanging-Bowls Reconsidered

Susan Youngs

in Anglo-Saxon/Irish Relations before the Vikings

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780197264508
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734120 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264508.003.0009

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Anglo-Saxon, Irish and British Relations: Hanging-Bowls Reconsidered

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This chapter examines the origin of the enamelled hanging-bowls discovered in Sutton Hoo and their implications for understanding Anglo-Saxon, Irish, and British relations. It suggests that such bowls were originally made in some of the most prosperous centres of British Britain from the mid-sixth century, and that the fashion for them was exported to Ireland much later than the first wave of brooches and pins of around the year 400. The chapter contends that the problem concerning the origin of the bowls can be resolved by the suggestion that it was on both sides of the northern Irish Sea littoral that Viking raiders found hanging-bowls and enamelled buckets.

Keywords: hanging-bowls; Sutton Hoo; Anglo-Saxon; Irish sea littoral; Viking raiders; brooches

Chapter.  9373 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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