Jonas Lau Markussen

Style II B

The Anatomy of Germanic Art






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The Anatomy of Style II B


c. 550 – 650






1. Spirals.
2. Animal-heads in profile.
3. Human-heads facing forward (inside hips).
4. Eyebrow-bow framing the eye.
5. Round Eyes.
6. Long straight or curling jaws.
7. Teeth occur.
8. Pointy chin.
9. Head-lappet
10. Almond-shaped hips.
11. Feather-like feet.
12. Curling back-toe.





Even outlines without tapering or indents.





A preference for geometric curves.


A. S-shapes.
B. Single loops.
C. Figure-of-eights loops.





  • Tight interlace with little visible background.
  • Single-stranded ribbons.
  • Double-stranded ribbons.
  • Triple-stranded ribbons.
  • Even fabric-like interlace patterns.






  • Clear and simple compositions of animal and human figures juxtaposed with geometry and occasional interlacing patterns.
  • Compositions based on line-symmetrical and/or 2-fold rotational-symmetrical S-shapes (A, D).
  • Triskellion or swastika compositions of 3-fold and 4-fold rotational-symmetrical animal heads (D).






  • S-shaped ribbon animals (A, D).
  • Animal heads (A, C).
  • Four-legged animals resembling boars and wolves (A, C, D).
  • Birds of prey (A, B).
  • Human faces (B, D).




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