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Viking Style > The History of European Style > Viking Style  |  Print  |  E-mail a friend
The animal motives are named from where they are found. Much gold, silver and bronze Jewellery in the Viking Age can be separated in: animal grasp style, Jellinge style, Mammen style, Borres style and Urnes style. The last was named after the cutting out in the wooden panel of a 900 year old wooden church in Urnes, Norway.

Urnes style can be seen on many brooches and they were in fashion even into Romanesque Middle Ages (1000 – 1200) which came to Scandinavia from Western Europe.

The sense of the pure aesthetic, pattern and design, coexisted and contrasted with heathen elements such as fable animals, Thor’s hammers, Gods, mythological figures like rams and the ravens Hugin and Munin.

When the Christian world gained triumph in Scandinavia (900 – 1100) the heathen symbols were replaced by Christian like the cross, the pigeon and the lamb. This can be documented from many finds of Viking Jewellery.

Together with the import of precious metal from the Islamic caliphate, Germany, France and England came the influence of ideas, believes, technology and style. The Vikings were quick to adopt the technique of casting, forging, filigree, granulation, cicely, niello, gold plating, glass and stone setting. The only technique they did not master was enamel.

The skills of the goldsmiths in Viking Age culminated around the year 1000. An example can be seen in the two round filigree ornamented gold buckles from Hornelund in Jylland, Denmark. These pieces were imitated in the whole of Scandinavia, Russia, England and even Iceland. The filigree motive is so overwhelming, that they can hardly be made today.
Both can be seen in The National Museum of Denmark.

Illustration above: Viking earrings in knottet style. Buy it here at the museum store.
Illustration beneath: Jellinge Style.

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