Viking Ringerike Style

Viking Ringerike Style

Ringerike style was the evolution of the Mammen style.  The Ringerike Style takes its name from the Ringerike district to the north of Oslo, Norway. There stands local reddish sandstone carved with the design of the Viking Ringerike Style.

The thriving time of the Viking Ringerike Style was circa 1000 to 1075 AD. This style also shared  the similar motif with the Mammen style but with a significantly complicated design.

A recap of Viking Ringerike Style on artifact
A recap of Viking Ringerike Style on artifact

There were a lot of slim and short tendrils on the bodies of the animals. The heads of the animals could be observed in profile. They also had the almond and round eyes. The spirals presented their hip joints like other Viking art styles. But it is still a difficult task to exactly distinguish the Mammen and the Ringerike style.

Viking Ringerike Style featured on a weather pane artifact
Viking Ringerike Style featured on a weather pane artifact

There were a lot of slim and short tendrils on the bodies of the animals. The heads of the animals could be observed in profile. They also had the almond and round eyes. The spirals presented their hip joints like other Viking art styles. But it is still a difficult task to exactly distinguish the Mammen and the Ringerike style.

The famous metalwork of Ringerike Style is in two copper-gilt weather vanes. They were from Kallunge, Gotland and Soderala, Halsingland, Sweden. The vane from Kallunge showed loops in the form of snakes with symmetric tendrils.

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