A Scandinavian Relief Brooch: Artistic Vision and Practical Method Combined
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Original versionPedersen, U., Kristoffersen, S. (2018) A Scandinavian Relief Brooch: Artistic Vision and Practical Method Combined. Medieval Archaeology. 62 (2), pp. 219-236. 10.1080/00766097.2018.1535384
THIS PAPER considers the craftspeople that created ornamental metalwork, the contexts in which they operated, and the communication they had with their contemporaries. The study focuses on the Dalem brooch, a 6th-century Scandinavian relief brooch from Norway. By examining an object which expresses a complex symbolic language through intricate and demanding crafting processes, we emphasise the importance of considering both ornamentation and technology when studying these exquisite dress items. The brooch was manufactured from a variety of materials and decorated in Salin Style 1. This ornamentation, with its religious, political and social connotations, was completely integrated into the object from its conception. A combination of new and old designs indicates that the craftspeople purposefully created and transformed motifs for use on the brooch, operating within a creative, cross-disciplinary and intellectual centre of expertise.
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Medieval Archaeology on December 20, 2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00766097.2018.1535384.