Anglo-Saxon 'Polychrome' Glass Bead Assemblage 027532

Anglo-Saxon 'Polychrome' Glass Bead Assemblage 027532
Anglo-Saxon 'Polychrome' Glass Bead Assemblage
Glass, 31 grams, 20 cm (beads only). 5th-7th century AD. A mixed group of 35 restrung glass beads comprising: six yellow discoid, three terracotta discoid, twenty one blue discoid, one green-yellow marbled discoid, two translucent blue discoid, one large red and blue globular, one red and yellow tubular; modern clasp. 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. Very fine condition. Provenance: found Catterick, Yorkshire, UK.


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