Architecturalfeatures associated with each structure
Inthe case of the purse cover from the Sutton Hoo ship burial inSuffolk, England, it was deftly made so that its metalwork dressfittings were still intact when it was being excavated. The fittingsare made in gold and gems and the architectural piece has remainedunchanged and renowned for its completeness (Gale, 2000).
TheChi-Rho-iota (XPI) page from the Book of Kells is an exquisite artpiece. XPI stands for Christ and it describes the first appearance ofJesus in the gospel. It has round shapes and Celtic knots in theletter “P”. This feature gives away its origin of havingoriginated from Scotland. It has concentric circles in the ‘P’and has a backward facing ‘L’. At the bottom left of the pictureis the verse Matthew 1:18.
Thefirst image is related to a people’s burial rituals. The purse lidwas discovered in a burial ship implying that it was part of thatparticular ritual that was conducted by the people in that areaduring that era. These rituals must have been considered sacred sincea lot of time and effort went into the designing of this purse lid.The second image shows a religious script. The artistic figures onthis page are all done to highlight the religious message behind it(Sullivan, 1927). This is a verse highlighting the birth of Jesus,and therefore the first time He is mentioned in the gospel.
Thethematic connection between these two images comes about afterlooking into the purposes of each of them. Both represent somethingthat was sacred to the people who made it. The burial ritual wassacred just as the mention of Christ’s name in the gospel was.These people denoted their value for these sacred facts through theart portrayed in the two images.
Owen-Crocker,Gale R. The Four Funerals in Beowulf. Manchester: ManchesterUniversity Press, 2000. Print.
Sullivan,Edward. The Book of Kells: Described by Sir Edward Sullivan, andillustrated with 24 Plates in Colors: London: “The Studio”, 1927.Print.