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BOOK: The Art of Medieval Jewelry: an illustrated history.

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I would like to recommend this very recently published book by a collector friend. It is an important contribution to a really neglected area of interest: the  commonplace, mostly base metal fingerrings of ordinary people in the lower eschelons of ancient societies. Academia has documented the more elite fingerrings made in gold and silver and this book along with his previous  book  Ancient Rings: An Illustrated Collector's Guide rescues the more commonplace rings from historical obscurity.
This new study assists in identifying the types, origins and routes of transmission of personal artwork, particularly finger rings, across Europe and Byzantium, an area of study that has been neglected in previous works. Some of this material represents the first time relevant research from Central and Eastern Europe has been translated and made available to the English-speaking world.
Acknowledgments v
Preface 1
Introduction 3
Part I: Late Antiquity and the Migration Period 7
The Dark Ages  7
Hannibal ad Portas: the Barbarian Onslaught  9
Part II: The Diffusion of Jewelry Designs Since Late Antiquity 17
Part III: Difficulties in Dating and Identification 21
Part IV: Medieval Societies of Western Europe 24
Frankish and Germanic Kingdoms  24
Frankish Tribes  25
Germanic Tribes  26
Frankish and Germanic Ring Types  28
Scandinavian and ­Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms  33
Part V: Influences from Asiatic Cultures 43
Trade Routes Between Europe and Asia  43
Ancient Cultures of the Eurasian Steppe  45
Asiatic Origin of Certain Zoomorphic Motifs  52
“Saltovo” and Related Types from the Steppe  61
Kievan Rus and Kipchak Khanate  64
Part VI: The Roads Less Traveled: Central and Eastern Europe 68
Medieval and Modern States  72
The Successor States of the Former Yugoslavia  79
Notable Medieval Cultures  83
Part VII: Common Ring Types from Central and Eastern Europe 89
Religious Rings  91
Magical/Apotropaic and Geometrical Symbols  97
Ring and Dot Patterns  99
Heraldic and Pseudo-Heraldic Rings  101
Heater Shield, Flame and Heart-Shaped Designs  102
Fleur-de-lis  103
Portcullis and Similar Cross-Hatched Patterns  104
Star and Crescent  106
Sword and Arm  107
Avian and Zoomorphic Motifs  109
Architectural, Crowns and Similar Designs  111
Monograms, Merchant’s Marks and Personal Seals  112
Quatrefoil, Rosette and Similar Decorative Motifs  114
Plain Hoop and Twisted Wire Designs  117
Cast Types with Faux Gemstones  119
Part VIII: Anthropomorphic Rings from Central and Eastern Europe 121
Part IX: Slavic Stolovat and Similar Jewelry Types 139
Part X: Common Signet Ring Configurations 145
Part XI: Star and Floral Patterns 150
Glossary 155
Chapter Notes 171
Bibliography 177
Index 181
T.N. Pollio is a researcher and historian who lives in East Haven, Connecticut.
Hard copies available all major booksellers and Amazon
Or directly from the publisher, McFarland Books

Or from the author on eBay

Price: 55 dollars GBP

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