Symbols of Protection: The Significance of Animal-ornamented Shields in Early Anglo-Saxon England

@article{Dickinson2005SymbolsOP,
  title={Symbols of Protection: The Significance of Animal-ornamented Shields in Early Anglo-Saxon England},
  author={Tania M. Dickinson},
  journal={Medieval Archaeology},
  year={2005},
  volume={49},
  pages={109 - 163}
}
  • T. Dickinson
  • Published 1 January 2005
  • History
  • Medieval Archaeology
Abstract THE SIGNIFICANCE of shields with animal ornament on the boss and/or board in early Anglo-Saxon society is sought in the coincidence of artefactual, stylistic and iconographic symbolism. Twenty shields buried in the 6th to earliest 7th century, together with seventeen further mounts which were probably originally designed for shields, form the basis of a systematic typological review; decoration in Salin's Style I is emphasised. Analysis of dating, distribution and use in burial… Expand
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