Artwork & Other Visuals

The Anglo-Saxon period, also known as the Old-English period, occurred between 450 and 1066 AD; this page contains artwork and other visuals from this period.

Treasures:

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A massive collection of gold and silver crosses, sword decorations and other items

These were found in England by an amateur treasure hunter in 2009, these treasures date back to fifth century.

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*September 24, 2009, England Largest Anglo-Saxon Treasure Found
*The total weight of gold recovered amounts to 11 pounds and 5.5 pounds of silver
*Archaeologists tentatively estimated the value of the trove at $1.6 million
*specialists suggest the items might have been seized in battle and prized for their value in precious metal and jewels rather than as trophies because many appeared to have been decorative pieces ripped from other objects
*It remains a mystery who buried the treasure--and why and when
**PIC-Many of the other treasures in the hoard are decorated in an Anglo-Saxon style known for strange animals, often depicted interlaced or with their jaws intertwined.



Artwork:

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Anglo-Saxon art survives mostly in illuminated manuscripts, Anglo-Saxon architecture, a number of very fine ivory carvings, and some works in metal and other materials.

the best known piece of Anglo-Saxon art is the Bayeux Tapestry which was commissioned by a Norman patron from English artists working in the traditional Anglo-Saxon style.

Metalwork is the almost the only form in which the earliest Anglo-Saxon art has survived

monumental stone sculpture survives in large stone crosses

Relatively little art survives from the rest of the century after 1066, or at least is confidently dated to that period. The art of Normandy was already under heavy Anglo-Saxon influence, but the period was one of massive despoilation of the churches by the small new ruling class, who had almost entirely dispossessed the old Anglo-Saxon elite. Under these circumstances little significant art was produced, but when it was, the style often showed a slow development of Anglo-Saxon styles into a fully Romanesque version