VIKING POSTCARD COLLECTION
19 cms x15 cms
MINIMUM ORDER 20 EUROS
Viking art, also known commonly as Norse art, is a term widely accepted for Viking art of Scandinavia and Viking settlements further afield—particularly in the British Isles, Ireland and Iceland—during the Viking Age of the 8th-11th centuries CE. Viking art has many design elements in common with Celtic, Germanic, the later Romanesque and Eastern European art, sharing many influences with each of these traditions. .
Viking art is emblematic of the surprisingly ornate material culture of the Northerners. Vikings loved elaborate decorations and they decorated many of the things they used: weapons, jewellery, runestones, ship woodwork and even their common, everyday items. They loved abstract and intricate animal designs and multiple interlacing lines. The animals depicted in their art include serpents, horses, wolves, birds and unreal, fantastic animals. As the Viking Age progressed, craftsmen varied the designs and six distinct but overlapping art styles developed. The 6 distinct styles, Oseberg, Borre, Jelling, Mammem, Ringerike and Urnes are named for an area where a decorated object was found.