Jonas Lau Markussen

Bird Shaped Ornament in Style II B

A predatory bird, possibly a raven, with a hip in the shape of a bearded human mask probably depicting Oðin.

 

Several examples of this type of motif have been found. Most notably as part of the decoration of the shield from the Anglo-Saxon Sutton Hoo ship burial in England.

 

Check out the article on Style II B here:

The Anatomy of Germanic Art: Style II B

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