Jonas Lau Markussen

Animal in Style II B

S-shaped animal ornament with hips in the shape of human masks probably depicting Oðin. A motif which was typical for style II B.


This type of animal ornament is the first rendition of the actual ribbon animal as we know it and the ancestor of all the following versions of the ribbon animals in Germanic and Norse art up until the end of the Viking Age.


Check out the article on Style II B here:

The Anatomy of Germanic Art: Style II B

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