Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Art History



First Advisor

Dr. James Hutson

Second Advisor

Dr. Erin Sutherland

Third Advisor

Dr. Jeanette Nicewinter


With the birth and spread of Christianity to the British Isles, there was a fusion between the different cultures that existed on these islands that resulted in a style known as Insular Art. These cultures are the Scottish Picts, the Irish Celts, the Anglo-Saxons, the Welsh, and the Vikings. In examining several works of art from these different cultures in this paper, the syncretism of Insular Art will be explored. Their traditionally Pagan symbols were given new meanings from Christianity as it spread. Through the study of various symbols and iconography employed in this art style, the author will establish the syncratic artistic traditions in this work of religious art and trace its lineage back to its Pagan roots.


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