Anglo-Saxon 'Glass, Amber and Crystal' Bead Assemblage 019915

Anglo-Saxon 'Glass, Amber and Crystal' Bead Assemblage 019915
Anglo-Saxon 'Glass, Amber and Crystal' Bead Assemblage
Glass, amber and crystal, 39.67 grams as strung, diameter from 5.65 to 16.32 mm. 5th-6th century AD. A group of Anglian beads normally worn on the chest strung between penannular or small-long brooches. The group comprises: one large, dark blue barrel-shaped with orange trail; two dark blue annular with yellow, white, red and pale blue trails; one dark brown asymmetrical barrel-shaped 11-ribbed melon; one crystal discoid; one dark blue ribbed discoid; one dark brown ribbed discoid; two dark blue globular with irregular pale blue dots; four dark blue asymmetrical globular; one pale blue translucent globular with attachment point for an applied knop; two translucent green discoid; two small dark blue ribbed globular; one barrel shaped amber globular; four small irregular amber; one dark green annular with attachment point for an applied knop; one translucent pale green annular; one dark blue globular with attachment points for two knops; one translucent brown ribbed annular; one black and brown asymmetrical globular. The beads were recovered from the Catterick area (Yorkshire) which is usually identified as the site of the late 6th or early 7th century battle of Catraeth immortalized in the Old Welsh poem Y Gododdin in which a troop of three hundred horsemen from the fortress of Din Eidyn attacked an unnamed but overwhelming enemy force and was wiped out. The case has been made for the British horsemen having set off from the area of modern Edinburgh to attack an Anglian (English) stronghold, although the poem does not mention either the location of the battle or the name of the enemy. Reference: cf. the glass bead forms in Brugmann, B. Glass Beads from Early Anglo-Saxon Graves, Oxford, 2004 and discussion of the poem in Cessford, C. Where are the Anglo-Saxons in the Gododdin poem? in Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History, vol. 8, Oxford, 1995. Extremely fine condition. Provenance: found Catterick, North Yorkshire, England.
This item was accompanied by an illustrated Certificate of Authenticity.

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