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Viking Age Art Styles

Borre, Jellinge, Mammen, Ringerike and Urnes styles, plus the lion-derived backward looking "great beast", the intertwining of serpentine beasts and the fascination with three fold rotational symmetry (triskele).

For discussions on the possible meaning of some of the imagery exhibited by artefacts shown here see:

http://lifeartearth.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-viking-mammen-style-on-rare-british.html

http://lifeartearth.blogspot.com/2015/05/a-viking-sword-chape-and-havamal-story.html , which presents an alternative view to that of Hedenstierna-Jonson (2002).

http://lifeartearth.blogspot.com/2015/05/a-viking-bound-gripping-beast-pendant.html

http://lifeartearth.blogspot.com/2014/12/a-speculative-connection-between.html
Viking Age art styles in England Beast and raven, Viking sword chape (Type 1b2), 74 mm, attributed to the Scandinavian Borre style (Janowski & Fudzinska 2006). Sword chape, copper alloy, 69 mm, Paulsen type B, 10th C. A Borre-style anthropomorphic figure intertwined with a tree. Ukraine. Sword chape, copper alloy, 69 mm, Paulsen type B, 10th C. A Borre-style anthropomorphic figure intertwined with a tree. Ukraine.
Domed brooch with three Borre-style bear heads, 25 mm, copper alloy with remnants of gilding, 10th century. Borre-style strap-end with three round-eared bear heads, 43 mm long. Gripping beast pendant, Borre styles, 34 mm, 10th century, Ukraine, copper alloy with gilding. Borre style gripping beast pendant, copper alloy with gilding, 34 mm, 10th century, Ukraine.
Jellinge-style brooch, 29 mm, showing two barred S-shaped ribbon animals with gripping paws. Found Shingham, Norfolk. Jellinge-style brooch, 29 mm, showing two barred S-shaped ribbon animals with gripping paws. Found Shingham, Norfolk. Jellinge-style brooch, 29 mm, showing two barred S-shaped ribbon animals with gripping paws. Found Shingham, Norfolk. Jellinge-style backward-looking animal billon pendant with barred body, 36 m, copper silver (billon) alloy. Gnyozdovo-Smolensk.
Mammen style brooch, 10th century, 26x24mm, Cambridgeshire. One of 5 known, two being in the Ashmolean. Sketch of the Mammen-style interlace bird on the square brooch from Cambridgeshire. Two birds (ravens?) on 79 mm 10th Century cast bronze elliptical tortoise brooch, Alnwick, Northumbria, UK. Ringerike style dragon, bridle cheekpiece, 6 cm, 10th-11th century, Essex
Mount of an interlace beast in the eleventh century English Urnes style, Yorkshire. Drawing of mount of an interlace beast in the eleventh century English Urnes style, Yorkshire. Mount of an interlace beast in the eleventh century English Urnes style, 4 cm. Newark and Sherwood, Nottinghamshire. Mount of an interlace beast in the eleventh century English Urnes style. near Stockbridge, Hampshire.
Beautiful example of the Urnes style (11th century). Two ribbon animals on 56 mm stirrup mount. AngloScandinavian, England. The Urnes dragons design Backward looking beast, Yorkshire Baltic Viking Age buckle with the familiar backward-looking beast
Viking Age domed mount with three-fold symmetry and distinctive punched triangles with raised dots between the circled crosses. Viking trefoil brooch, 43 mm, Yorkshire, 10th century. Anlaf Sihtricsson, 941-943. Stamford Bridge, Yorkshire. Triquetra. Detail of the triskele in the Baltic Borre-style sword hape illustrated above.
Stirrup mount wolf head, 48 mm. AngloScandinavian, 11th century. Horse and rider dagger chape in copper alloy, 32 x 30 mm, late Saxon/early Norman, 11th century. Found in Norfolk, UK. Entwined S-shaped snakes mount, gilt copper alloy Entwined snakes design