Uppslagsrikt beslag från helig plats: Om djurornamentiken från Lilla Ullevi i Bro
2010 (Swedish)In: Fornvännen, ISSN 0015-7813, no 105, 1-8 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The clasp found at Lilla Ullevi in Bro parish near Stockholm is puzzling in many respects. The composition of its animal art unites a number of puzzle pictures alluding to different Vendel style phases. Despite repair, there are no traces of wear typical for dress or belt clasps. Does the clasp predate the abandonment of Ullr’s sanctuary or vice versa? In 2007 a gilded copper-alloy clasp was found in a stratum covering a late-1st Millennium cult site at Lilla Ullevi in Bro parish near Stockholm. The clasp’s animal art (with affinities to the Vendel styles B, D and E) unites five different motifs (some of them doubled) that are masterfully interlaced into puzzle pictures. The find context, unfortunately, does not al - low us to state whether the clasp was lost before, during or after the closing-down of the sanctua - ry. Its stylistic date points to a date after c. AD 725, and it may even be an archaising piece dating from the Viking Period. Despite a rivet that may be evidence of repair, the mount shows none of the typical corrosion or wear traces of a dress. It rather associates with a hard underlay, ante- dating the book clasps of later centuries.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm, 2010. no 105, 1-8 p.
Ekphrasis, Ullr, Ullevi, Puzzle pictures, Vendel Age, Clasp, Book clasp, Lilla Ullevi, Vendel, Animal Style, Cult Site, Dress adornment, Animal Art, Metalwork, Merovingian Age, Merovingian, Iconography, Cult, Archaeology
Research subject Archaeology; Archaeology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-179062OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-179062DiVA: diva2:543191