June 16, 2021
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The Runestone Styles
c. 1020 – 1050
Characterisation of the style
As defined by Anne-Sofie Gräslund
Most often unresilliant and angular, although less so than in Pr 1. The rune animals are rather substantial, but there are also some thinner examples.
Characterised by a concave line from ear to nose tip.
Round or drop formed, sometimes with a point in it.
High set, erect or slightly bent forward.
Normally open, sometimes with a tongue, the upper lip and the nose tip strongly bent upwards. There is often a balance between the upward line of the ear and that of the nose. Distinct, round lip lappet. Marked lower lip in a semicircular bow.
Occur only seldom, slightly rounded on short legs.
Rolled up, often with a thickened end and a thumb-like protuberance downwards. The rolled tail and the protuberance generally correspond to the shape of the head.
Occur seldom, a neck crest or a union knot is sometimes transformed into long tendrils, giving the same decorative impression as a snake.
One (sometimes two) rune animal(s) along the edge is the most typical layout.
Danske Runeindskrifter, http://runer.ku.dk
Gräslund, Anne-Sofie, 2006. ‘Dating the Swedish Viking-Age rune stones on stylistic grounds’. Runes and their Secrets – Studies in runology.
The Scandinavian Runic-text Data Base.