Week 8 AH 120

Week 8 AH 120 - Week 8 AH 120 Hiberno-Saxon Art: 7th...

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Week 8 AH 120 Hiberno-Saxon Art: 7 th century Purse Cover Animal interlace Animals stretch out into interwoven serpentine ribbons Theme of animal combat Rich blend of motifs represent a complex style that was particular in England and Ireland Purse would have been made of leather but it has rotted by now No specific meaning other than possibly Beowulf All the lines are coherent, don’t break Forms are 2-D and abstract Bottom figures: 2 birds, larger bird is a hawk, smaller is a dove don’t know exactly what they are but the bigger bird is dominating the smaller bird larger forces of nature dominated the smaller Gold and garnet plus enamel work In center: goes back to the story of Gilgamesh - frontal center figure attacked by 2 beasts - beasts are not prevailing shows that man is able to control nature - simple, flat, frontal very abstract and conceptual - corresponds to a society that is constantly fighting with forces of nature but manages to control it control is the main point here Matthew, Gospel Book of Durrow Matthew is represented as the man Arms are not shown, feet in profile, body is a peace of jewelry Interlace is the border Hairline is receding maybe depicted here as an Irish monk 2-D image Matthew, Lindisfarne Gospels Shows Matthew in the process of writing his book Possibly Moses or a Saint peeking out from the window
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