The Industrial Arts of Scandinavia in the Pagan Times; With Numerous Woodcuts

The Industrial Arts of Scandinavia in the Pagan Times; With Numerous Woodcuts

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...on the surface of the top disk (Fig. 65) we still recognise the animal with lifted paws. The decadence is revealed to us in a more decided form in the box-shaped fibula (Figs. 66 and 67). Who in the four principal ornaments on the upper surface (Fig. 67) would recognise the well-known pattern of earlier times if he had not the opportunity of studying it in hundreds of older examples? The side view (Fig. 66) exhibits the same poverty of invention, the same coarseness in workmanship, and the same mechanical copying of given models, without any appreciation of their meaning, and without the justice due from a copyist to his original. The decadence is considerable, but nevertheless there are to be seen in the Royal Historical Museum of Stockholm specimens which are still worse. To conclude this chapter and to prepare the transition to the following one, I will recall to the reader some of the ornamental patterns belonging to the later part of the Iron Age of Gotland. Some, very characteristic of the commencement of this epoch, are Fig. 68.--Ornament. Gotland.given in Figs. 53 and 54. To them I will only add Fig. 68, four animals copied from the side posts of a box-shaped fibula. They are treated in a decidedly conventional manner: the head has its curious appendage, the body is as lean as that of an heraldic lion. Still, these figures give us a good idea of a lively quadruped; recalling the soft and playful movements of a romping kitten. In all four there is one common trait to which I wish to call especial attention: every one of them is with one or more of its feet grasping either the border of the field or its own neck. Belonging to the later epoch, represented by the fibula Fig. 55, I give two patterns from which the top and side...show more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236987977
  • 9781236987976