Jonas Lau Markussen

Two Ribbon Animals and a Human Face in Early Animal Style

This design displays characteristic features of early animal style (c. 375–475 CE) in Scandinavia.


Short ribbon animals with front legs and tightly curled tails instead of hind legs occur in this period. They often appear in pairs as part of line-symmetric compositions, for example, flanking a human head seen in front.


Learn more about the style here:
The Anatomy of Germanic Art: Early Animal Style


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