Jonas Lau Markussen

B-bracteate I

Illustration displaying some of the most common characteristics of a B-bracteate.


B-bracteates feature one or more human figures, often accompanied by birds and other animals.


The composition of the B-bracteates vary, but two of the most noteworthy depictions are one with three human figures and one with an animal biting the hand of a human figure.


The latter, as shown here, is supposedly a depiction of the Nordic myth in which the god Týr sacrifices his right hand in the mouth of the Wolf Fenrir to bind the beast and thus preventing or postponing Ragnarók.


The gold bracteates were contemporary with Style I and display many of the same characteristics of the style.


Learn more about the gold bracteates


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