Blackwell, Alice (2016) Gleaming eyes and the elaboration of Anglo-Saxon sculpture. In: Ancient lives: object, people and place in early Scotland. Essays for David V Clarke on his 70th birthday. Sidestone Press, Leiden, Netherlands, pp. 317-330. ISBN 9789088903755

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Abstract

This paper presents the results of the analysis of an Anglo-Saxon cross-shaft fragment from Aberlady, East Lothian that confirm the long-suspected belief that the drilled eye sockets found among Northumbrian and Mercian sculpture originally contained separate eye insets. A tin lining was positively identified in one of the drilled eye sockets on the Aberlady stone, thus providing the first analysed evidence of how these insets were affixed. Eye insets are a small but significant addition to the means of embellishment of Anglo-Saxon sculpture, and their potential iconographical significance is explored

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Uncontrolled Keywords: sculpture, Anglo-Saxon, polychromy, colour, iconography, Early Medieval, Insular
Subjects: A General Works > AC Collections. Series. Collected works
A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
N Fine Arts > NB Sculpture
Theme: Material culture: creation and use
Department: Scottish History and Archaeology (from 2012)
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Depositing User: Ross Anderson
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2016 15:11
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2016 15:11
URI: http://repository.nms.ac.uk/id/eprint/1698

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