Anglo-Saxon 'Polychrome Sphere' Bead Assemblage 019914

Anglo-Saxon 'Polychrome Sphere' Bead Assemblage 019914
Anglo-Saxon 'Polychrome Sphere' Bead Assemblage
Glass, 42.04 grams as strung, diameter from 4.96 to 26.51 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 very large dark spherical with irregular combed trails in white, yellow, red, pale blue, brown; twelve small, dark blue irregular globular; four yellow square-section cylindrical; one green globular with trails i dark blue, yellow and orange; one pale blue barrel-shaped with trails in dark blue, yellow and brown. 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.
 
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