Viking Art is often also known as Norse art. This term is widely accepted as the art of Scandinavian Norsemen. This name was especially prevalent in the British Isles and Iceland, during the 8th to 11th century. Viking Art has design elements which are shared with the Celtic, Germanic, Romanesque and the eastern European art. It shares many influences with each if these traditions. The current knowledge of this art relies heavily upon the highly durable objects of metal and stone. The rarely preserved ones include wood, bone, ivory and textiles. Human skin who is historical sources indicate that it was offered elaborately that would is nowhere to be found now and is unlikely to have survived. The archaeological excavation is still going on and there are many opportunistic finds which have taken place. These may improve this situation in the future as they have in the recent past.
Style of Art works
There are many styles which are included, such as the case with viking armband and therefore are a part of the Viking age. These can be defined and distinguished on the basis of the design of the element.
- The Oseberg style- It characterizes the initial phase in what was considered the Viking Art. Its name was taken from the Oseberg ship which is a well preserved and a highly decorated long ship which was discovered on a farm in Norway.
- The Borre style- this style consists of a range of north patterns and single animal motifs. They were also discovered in Norway from where they style came into existence. This style prepared in Scandinavia from the 9th century to delete 10th century.
- The MammenStyle- this time has taken its name from an object in the shape of an axe which was recovered at Denmark. The Axe was covered and richly decorated on both sides with silver design and it was, according to some scientists, a ceremonial parade weapon which could only be possessed by a man of princely status whose burial clothes consisted of elaborate embroidery and were trimmed with silk and fur
- The Urnes Style – this style was the last phase of Scandinavian animal art. The duration of this last face was the second half of 11th century and the early 12th century. This name has been given after church in Norway, which has the same name but most of the objects in the style of this are present in Sweden which is why it is also known as the Runestone style.