Disc-shaped Animal Ornament in Style I
July 16, 2020
Wheel motifs with three and four spokes shaped like animal heads were common throughout all the Germanic styles preceding the Viking Age.
This design, based on several bracteates, is a predecessor to similar motifs in the following styles all up to the end of the Viking age. But sun-wheel motifs was a popular motif even long before the Germanic Iron age as is evident from many Nordic Bronze age (c. 1700-500 BC) items like the Trundholm sun chariot.
This type of motif is found throughout Scandinavia.
Check out the article on Style I here:
The Anatomy of Germanic Art: Style I