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     Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 3  1860  page 42

On Anglo-Saxon Remains Discovered Recently in various Places in Kent continued

Copper or bronze bowls nearly always indicate graves of women. They are by no means of common occurrence, as may be seen by reference to the comparatively few examples procured from the numerous graves opened by Bryan Faussett. With them are sometimes found metal trivets, upon which they stood when set upon the table. That they were intended for the dinner-service, and not to be used upon fire, is obvious, from the delicate and peculiar character of the ornaments, which would become detached by heat. But those decorated with enamelled ornaments are of uncommon occurrence; and this from Lullingstone is a novel variety, though I am informed by Mr. Albert Way, that another, very similar, has since been found with other Saxon remains in Leicestershire. The bowls from Saxon graves are sometimes of stout bronze, either with or without handles and a foot, as in Plate IV., and of various dimensions. Others are in very thin copper, and they also vary in size, and somewhat in

form. One in the Museum of  Mr. Mayer, found at Gilton, near Sandwich, has been repaired with small plates of metal upon which are figures. In one instance they are fishes and quadrupeds on either side of a twisted scroll terminating in loose knots: the other plates are stamped with the figure of a minstrel or gleeman, with long hair, dancing and playing on a viol of six strings. The ornaments upon the Lullingstone bowl are of a different kind, having been evidently manufactured for the special purpose to which we see them adapted. They nearly all bear traces of red enamel, which must have been applied with some skill,.and probably not with a bad effect, though the ornaments are quaint, and in some instances rude. The whole of them are copies of Roman works of art, or rather, copies of copies, settled into those very peculiar patterns which we recognize as Saxon. The goldsmith’s-work in the jewellery is of a far higher order. The fibulae, especially

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