‘Clumsy and Illogical’? Reconsidering the West Kirby Hogback

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620245
Title:
‘Clumsy and Illogical’? Reconsidering the West Kirby Hogback
Authors:
Williams, Howard ( 0000-0003-3510-6852 )
Abstract:
This paper presents a fresh reading of a significant early medieval recumbent stone monument from West Kirby, Merseyside (formerly Cheshire). Rather than being a single-phased hogback, later subject to damage, it is argued that West Kirby 4 might have been carved in successive phases, possibly by different hands. It is suggested that the carvers had different abilities and/or adapted their work in response to the time pressures of a funeral or a shift in the location or function of the stone. While a single explanation for the character of the West Kirby monument remains elusive, the article proposes that, rather than ‘clumsy and illogical’, the stone was more likely a coherent but experimental, distinctive and asymmetrical, multi-phased and/or multi-authored creation. Through a review of the monument’s historiography and a detailed reappraisal of the details and parallels of its form, ornament and material composition, the paper reconsiders the commemorative significance of this recumbent stone monument for the locality, region and understanding of Viking Age sculpture across the British Isles. As a result, West Kirby’s importance as an ecclesiastical locale in the Viking Age is reappraised.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Williams, H. (2016). “Clumsy and illogical”? Reconsidering the West Kirby hogback. The Antiquaries Journal, 96, 69–100. DOI: 10.1017/S0003581516000664
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Journal:
The Antiquaries Journal
Publication Date:
2-Nov-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620245
DOI:
10.1017/S0003581516000664
Additional Links:
https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquaries-journal/article/clumsy-and-illogical-reconsidering-the-west-kirby-hogback/9EAC7243CEEA71400D3E89CFF7423EF3
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a published work that appeared in final form in 'The Antiquaries Journal'. To access the final edited and published work see https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquaries-journal/article/clumsy-and-illogical-reconsidering-the-west-kirby-hogback/9EAC7243CEEA71400D3E89CFF7423EF3
EISSN:
1758-5309
Appears in Collections:
History and Archaeology

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dc.contributor.authorWilliams, Howarden
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-08T12:47:43Z-
dc.date.available2016-11-08T12:47:43Z-
dc.date.issued2016-11-02-
dc.identifier.citationWilliams, H. (2016). “Clumsy and illogical”? Reconsidering the West Kirby hogback. The Antiquaries Journal, 96, 69–100. DOI: 10.1017/S0003581516000664en
dc.identifier.doi10.1017/S0003581516000664-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/620245-
dc.descriptionThis document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a published work that appeared in final form in 'The Antiquaries Journal'. To access the final edited and published work see https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquaries-journal/article/clumsy-and-illogical-reconsidering-the-west-kirby-hogback/9EAC7243CEEA71400D3E89CFF7423EF3-
dc.description.abstractThis paper presents a fresh reading of a significant early medieval recumbent stone monument from West Kirby, Merseyside (formerly Cheshire). Rather than being a single-phased hogback, later subject to damage, it is argued that West Kirby 4 might have been carved in successive phases, possibly by different hands. It is suggested that the carvers had different abilities and/or adapted their work in response to the time pressures of a funeral or a shift in the location or function of the stone. While a single explanation for the character of the West Kirby monument remains elusive, the article proposes that, rather than ‘clumsy and illogical’, the stone was more likely a coherent but experimental, distinctive and asymmetrical, multi-phased and/or multi-authored creation. Through a review of the monument’s historiography and a detailed reappraisal of the details and parallels of its form, ornament and material composition, the paper reconsiders the commemorative significance of this recumbent stone monument for the locality, region and understanding of Viking Age sculpture across the British Isles. As a result, West Kirby’s importance as an ecclesiastical locale in the Viking Age is reappraised.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherCambridge University Pressen
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquaries-journal/article/clumsy-and-illogical-reconsidering-the-west-kirby-hogback/9EAC7243CEEA71400D3E89CFF7423EF3en
dc.subjectHogbacksen
dc.subjectCommemorationen
dc.subjectVikingsen
dc.subjectEarly medievalen
dc.subjectStone sculptureen
dc.subjectWest Kirbyen
dc.title‘Clumsy and Illogical’? Reconsidering the West Kirby Hogbacken
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn1758-5309-
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalThe Antiquaries Journalen
dc.date.accepted2016-06-26-
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