December 20, 2016
c. 750 – 825
The Anatomy of Viking Art
- Broa Style
- Oseberg Style
- Borre Style
- Jelling Style
- Mammen Style
- Ringerike Style
- Urnes Style
- Lappets with triple tendril-like terminals.
- Head depicted in profile.
- Round eyes.
- Round curled snout.
- Small and slightly curved mouth.
- Head-lappet protruding from the head.
- Limbs rendered into extremely elongated tendrils.
- Open hips dissolved into looping tendril interlace.
Curvy outlines with occasional kinks.
Almost geometric curves with double and triple loops.
A. Pear-shaped loops.
- Semi-tight interlace with little visible background.
- Double contour occur.
- Single-stranded ribbons.
- Clear composition almost to the point of geometry.
- Repetition of basic compositional lines.
- A sense for counterpoint composition.
- Apparent symmetry in the composition – However, difference in the detail (C).
- Compositions often divided or separated by framework (A, B).
- Juxtaposition of different types of motifs (B).
A. A single animal crossing the framework – A type of motif known from the Broa mounts.
B. Two birds, two quadrupeds and a Gripping Beast divided by framework – A type of motif known from the Broa mounts.
C. Two s-shaped animals – A type of motif known from several brooches.
D. A single s-shaped animal – A type of motif known from several brooches.
Graham-Campbell, James, 2013. Viking Art.
Fuglesang, Signe Horn, 1982. ‘Early Viking Art.’ Acta ad Archaeologiam et Artium Historiam Pertinentia (Series altera in 8°) 125–173.