Jonas Lau Markussen

Animal Head Ornament in Style II C

The head of a beast composed of several lesser animals and serpents in style II C on the verge of transitioning into style II D.


Several examples of this type of motif have been found. Most notably in the Valsgärde grave six, Uppland, Sweeden containing a horse-harness decorated with several gilded bronze mounts from which this illustration has been inspired.


This type of motif is found throughout Scandinavia but especially prevalent in the eastern regions.


Check out the article on Style II C here:

The Anatomy of Germanic Art: Style II C

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