Design and Techniques in Early Medieval Celtic Metalwork [Hardback]

Niamh Whitfield (Author)

ISBN: 9781904597339 | Published by: Pindar Press | Year of Publication: 2022 | Language: English 580p, 243 illus.
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Design and Techniques in Early Medieval Celtic Metalwork


Niamh Whitfield is a leading authority on the metalwork of early Medieval Ireland and Scotland. Celtic metalwork of the seventh to twelfth centuries is extremely accomplished technically, and she has aimed at a thorough understanding of its manufacture. She has also been concerned to place Early Medieval Celtic design in its European context, and to analyse its relationship with Anglo-Saxon and continental work, as well as its debt to traditions which ultimately originated in the Classical world. Dr Whitfield has written about subjects as diverse as the origins of the gold used in early Medieval Ireland and Scotland, the development of animal ornament and geometrical principles of design. Her archival studies have succeeded in identifying the find-spot of the celebrated 'Tara' brooch and in documenting panels of ornament which are now missing. In addition, she has explored early Irish texts for attitudes to jewellery and clothing, considered the brooch as an emblem of status, looked at how brooches were worn, and whether descriptions of clothing and accessories in an early Irish saga provide an accurate description of contemporary finery.

Table of Contents


Finery in fiction and in fact: aristocratic dress and accessories in the early Irish tale, ‘The Wooing of Becfhola’

A Viking-age brooch fragment from recent excavations at Temple Bar West

The manufacture of beaded wire in the post-Roman period

More thoughts on the wearing of brooches in Early Medieval Ireland

The Tara brooch: an Irish emblem of status in its European Context

The earliest filigree in Ireland; Design and Units of Measure on the Hunterston Brooch

Corinthian Bronze and the Tara Brooch

The Waterford kite-brooch and its place in Irish metalwork

Filigree animal ornament from Ireland and Scotland of the late seventh to ninth centuries: its origins and development

The lozenge on the shoulder of the Book of Kells Virgin

Formal Conventions in the depiction of animals on Celtic metalwork

Some new research on gold and gold filigree from early Medieval Ireland and Scotland

The filigree of the Hunterston and Tara brooches

A mount with Hiberno-Saxon chipcarved animal ornament from Rerrick, near Dundrennan, Kirkcudbright, Scotland

The Killamery brooch: its stamped ornament and inscription; Round wire in the early Middle Ages

An Insular brooch-fragment from Norway

Motifs and techniques of Celtic filigree: Are they original?

The original appearance of the Tara brooch

The finding of the Tara brooch; Additional Notes


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