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Viking Age 750 AD – 1000 AD > The History of European Style > Viking Age 750 AD – 1000 AD  |  Print  |  E-mail a friend
The flicker and confusion of styles, that ruled Europe since the 6th century, was in Scandinavia released by the Viking Style and, as we shall see, the way it adopted other styles.

The ornaments and crafts though, were clearly different from other cultures in West- and East Europe even if the borrowed from them.

The heathen culture of the Vikings, with its many Gods and fable animals, made nearly all ornaments beautifully modeled and sculptural alive.

The most important characteristics of the Nordic ornaments from the year 800 – 1000, were created on groups of animals. Often it was stylized so much, that it can be difficult to trace the animals.

The Vikings was influenced by the delicate, flat and very stylized ornaments of the Celts. The Celts were long gone, but their ornaments could still be seen on stones, paper and Jewellery. The Vikings added heads and claws to these designs when used in the making of Jewellery.



Illustration above: The Oseberg Ship (Norway)
Illustration beneath: Celtic inspired Earrings from the Viking age. Buy them her at the museum store.

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