Bracteate Inscriptions and Context Analysis in the Light of Alternatives to Hauck’s Iconographic Interpretations
2015 (English)In: Futhark: International Journal of Runic Studies, ISSN 1892-0950, Vol. 5, 25-43 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Runic inscriptions on Scandinavian Migration Period gold bracteates have long been considered problematic. Although many of them are readable, only a few are interpretable. One of the major questions about bracteate texts is whether they are related to the images depicted on the pieces. During the past quarter century, these inscriptions have been interpreted chiefly on the basis of Karl Hauck’s identification of the major figure depicted on bracteates as Odin. However, there are other interpretations of the pictures that may also assist our understanding of the texts. This paper examines some of these alternative explanations of bracteate imagery, with particular reference to how the objects were used and by whom, the aim being to arrive at a better understanding of the inscriptions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 5, 25-43 p.
bracteates, Migration Period, older runic inscriptions, iconography, imagery
Archaeology Art History
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-248489OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-248489DiVA: diva2:799763
The Seventh International Symposium on Runes and Runic Inscriptions, Oslo, 9–14 August 2010