Can you break this pendant down into simple shapes and patterns?
How many snakes can you see?
Why do you think snakes were used in patterns? (for their symbolic value or shape or both?)
What kinds of symmetry does this pendant have?
Explore other Anglo-Saxon gold objects in Explore by typing ‘Anglo Saxon AND gold’ into the Search box ( www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk/explore.aspx) and see what similarities you can see between their patterns.
Use the Anglo-Saxon belt (in Explore) and trace the different snake designs with a crayon.
Design and make your own Anglo Saxon brooch or pendant.
Cut circle in card (of any size – but not much bigger than 15 cm diameter). Sketch a border and central pattern - emphasise that for it to be a pattern, it must have repeated elements, eg. symmetry
Make a border using found materials (eg.beads/beans/rice/pasta) and stick on with PVA.
In the centre, using string dipped in PVA and wind into the pattern.
Leave it to dry overnight, then paint with metallic paints or pens.
Colour your pattern using traditional Iznik colours [white background, dark green, dark red and dark blue foliage]
Vase with Faces
Nasca Culture (200 BC-AD 600), Peru
Identify the different repeated patterns
What features are missing from the face pattern?
Can you think of any other places where faces are used as a repeating pattern?
Simple practical project – paper concertina faces
Cut an A4 sheet in 4 strips lengthways. Give each pupil a strip.
Fold the paper into a concertina 7 times (about 3.5 cm). This is the profile of your face. Cutting perpendicular to the long edge, cut a line across the middle for the nose, and a longer one ¾ of the way down for the mouth.
For the eyes, fold the paper lengthways one more time and cut half ovals towards the top of the lengthways fold.
Open out your concertina and you should see 4 simple faces which can be coloured and placed around a bottle/cup/flowerpot.
Design a simple motif of yourself, focusing on your important facial features.
Design and make your own pot. Use a cardboard roll as a template to make a cylinder of clay.
Decorate the clay with coloured slips and wrap your images around the pot. You could also use acrylic paint.
Find out about the Nasca lines – triangles, spirals and animal figures on the Nasca plain between the Nasca and the Ingenio rivers.
Cotton textile with snakes
How many different snakes can you see in the textile? How are they used?
Can you work out how the two snakes fit together in the main motif?
What do snakes represent in other cultures?
Snake shapes are fantastic for creating patterns – pupils can design their own snake template which can be drawn round and repeated.
Enlarge the snake motif on a photocopier. Colour each snake separately (maybe using patterns), then carefully cut out each snake in turn. What shape/s are left behind? How does this pattern work so successfully? Experiment with fitting the snakes together in different ways.
The snakes can be used to make 3D mobiles by hanging from the tail or mouth (the back also needs to be coloured in to do this).