Jonas Lau Markussen

Gripping Beast Pendant

So-called gripping beasts with their front-facing heads, bodies tied in a pretzel knot and paws grasping their own limbs and surrounding framework were a popular motif in the 9th century.
The design presented here was a common version of the gripping beast in the Borre style period. The beast’s head, with its protruding ears, round eyes and dovetail nose, is facing forward, while its body is seen from the side. The body is almost ribbon-like with a beaded pattern, while its front and hind hips are chunky and more articulated. On the other hand, the four legs and the barely noticeable tail are completely slender and smooth.

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