Jonas Lau Markussen

Human Figure in Style I

The design is based on the many typical renditions of human figures embossed in foil like the ones on the glass from Snartemo, Norway and the beaker from UppÄkra, Sweden.


In this type of design, we see an early attempt at the interlacing patterns of the animal ornaments in the following styles. Bodies of animals and human figures are often divided into even-sized segments with different textures to give an effect of complexity, rather than the actual intricate ribbon interlace we see in later styles.


This type of motif is found throughout Scandinavia.


Check out the article on Style I here:
The Anatomy of Germanic Art: Style I

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