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Title
Bright lights in the Dark Ages
Type
Text
Subject
Decoration and ornament, Medieval.
Jewelry, Medieval.
Grave goods--Europe.
Material culture--Europe--History--To 1500.
Europe--Antiquities.
Europe--History--392-814.
Thaw, Eugene Victor--Art collections.
Thaw, Clare--Art collections.
ART / History / Medieval.
ART / Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions / Permanent Collections.
HISTORY / Medieval.
ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES / Jewelry.
Language
English
Illustrative Content
illustrations
Geographic Coverage
Europe
Classification
LCC: NK1263 .A33 2014 (Source: dlc)
DDC: 739.09/02 full (Assigner: dlc)
ART015070 (Source: bisacsh)
ART006020 (Source: bisacsh)
HIS037010 (Source: bisacsh)
ANT021000 (Source: bisacsh)
Identified By
Lccn: 2014010399
Content
text (Source: rdacontent)
Summary
"Bright Lights of the Dark Ages is a major new volume on early Medieval art. It features over two hundred stunning and extremely rare early medieval gold and precious stonework objects, including brooches, buckles, shields, clasps, spoons and other 'grave goods,' that were interred as status symbols with their owners in burials mounds across Europe. The new societies of the early Medieval period which developed on the periphery of the great Roman Empire--Germanic barbarians in Western Europe, Sarmatian and later Alanic tribes around the Black Sea, and the eastern frontier cities bordering the Parthian Empire in Iran--were all shaped by interaction with the Roman Empire, and profoundly influenced by its material culture. Author Noël Adams surveys the magnificent pieces that were made to advertise power and wealth in these new 'barbarian' kingdoms which arose after the fall of the Roman Empire, and in doing so shows the dramatic and surprising relationship between these 'migration era' objects and later medieval art. In a volume full of wonderful images, highlights include Gothic and Visigothic imperial style brooches from modern-day Slovakia and Crimea, superb Gallo-Roman spoons and enamelled domed brooches and buckles from Northern Europe and Britain"-- Provided by publisher.
Table Of Contents
Director's Foreword / William M. Griswold
Preface / Eugene V. Thaw
Author's Acknowledgments
Notes to the Reader
Introduction
Classical Traditions, Barbarian Styles
New Enemies, New Allies : The Hunnic Period and Its Aftermath in the East
Gothic Identity
Merovingian Fashions
Anglo-Saxon England and Scandinavia
Barbarians and Byzantium
Glossary
Appendix: Provenance of Works in the Thaw Collection.
Authorized Access Point
Adams, Noël. Bright lights in the Dark Ages
Authorized Access Point Variant
Pierpont Morgan Library. Bright lights in the Dark Ages