Talk:Ormside bowl

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'an lost early eighth century hanging-bowl from the River Witham.". Found in the River Witham, no doubt. How can a reader identify the object that is mentioned in this way?--Wetman (talk) 00:33, 30 June 2010 (UTC)

With some difficulty. It is mentioned in Reallexikon der germanischen Altertumskunde without any more detail but is also in these 1, 2. The Society of Antiquaries has an article on their website called 'New Interpretation of the Witham Bowl and its Animal Imagery' but a login is required to access it, and there are also some journal articles I don't have access to. JMiall 01:07, 30 June 2010 (UTC)

Feedback from British Museum curator[edit]

The following is feedback from Barry Ager:

The suggestion in the article that the bowl was found in a Viking grave goes rather further than the evidence allows. There was a Viking burial found at Ormside, but, although the bowl is from the same site, little is known about the circumstances of its discovery and its precise findspot and context are uncertain. It is not impossible that it was found in another grave there, but, as Sir David Wilson has suggested, it may also derive from the church itself. Since Sir David is a leading authority on Late Saxon art and has accepted it as Anglo-Saxon workmanship, I do not think there can be any doubt on that score. I have re-checked ref 1 in the article by David Wilson (in the RGA vol. as quoted) and note that he suggests that the OB was made in the mid-8th century, probably in Northumbria. This dating should be given priority over, or even replace, the earlier one given in the comparisons, which is drawn from a very out-dated article.

Witty Lama 09:45, 2 July 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for this. I won't have a chance to change anything this weekend but will sort it out next week if nobody else does first.JMiall 17:00, 2 July 2010 (UTC)

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