Anglo-Saxon Button Brooches
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490 Pages

24.4 x 17.2 cm

234 b/w. 115 line. Illustrations

Series: Anglo-Saxon Studies

Imprint: Boydell Press

Anglo-Saxon Button Brooches

Typology, Genealogy, Chronology

by Seiichi Suzuki

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Extensive study of the entire corpus of Anglo-Saxon button brooches, looking at their design, origins and development.
The Anglo-Saxon button brooch is a small disc brooch, about 2cm in diameter and decorated with a single human face mask, found mainly in southern England and occasionally in France; although many examples survive, its origins anddevelopment are not fully understood. This book offers a comprehensive study of its typology, genealogy and chronology. It investigates formal and structural design features, proposes a prototype- and statistics-based typology, and examines the physical, conceptual and geographical dimensions of the classification. Through an in-depth description of class-internal distinctions and class-external similarities, the author also explores the development of button brooches and reconstructs their genealogy or derivational history. He then situates the evolutionary trajectory of button brooches in a temporal framework, by linking them to other brooch types such as Jutlandic relief brooches and Saxon cast saucer brooches, and by taking account of associated grave goods as appropriate. A catalogue of the entire corpus of 209 button brooches and that of related objects is provided in the appendices; there are also over 200 plates and other illustrations, enabling the details to be carefully studied.

SEIICHI SUZUKI is Professor of Old Germanic Studies, Kansai Gaidai University, Japan.
Introduction
Typology I: Constructing a typology and classifying the old corpus
Typology II: Classifying new finds, investigating physical attributes and exploring conceptual and geographical implications
Genealogy: The network of family resemblances
Chronology: The interface with other brooch types
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
"An extremely detailed analysis." MEDIEVAL ARCHAEOLGY

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9781843833628

April 2008

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Title Details

490 Pages

2.44 x 1.72 cm

234 b/w. 115 line. Illustrations

Series: Anglo-Saxon Studies

Imprint: Boydell Press