Viking Urnes Style

Viking Urnes Style on Church

The last phase of the Viking style was the Urnes style.

Urnes Style met its most thriving period from the 11th century toward the middle of the 12th century. This style is named after the gate of the Urnes church in Norway. Many other objects dated back to the Viking age in Uppland, Sweden also depicted the Viking Urnes Style.

Intertwining animals featuring in the Viking Urnes Style
Intertwining animals featuring in the Urnes Style

The heads of the animals in Urnes Style can be seen in profile. They had the round and almond-shaped eyes. The bodies of the animals in Viking Urnes style were very slim and elegant compared with the form art styles.

As the former Ringerike style tended to have more elaborate tendrils, the Urnes style was much cleaner and almost geometric and stylish. But both styles shared a lot of common characteristic and the similar fondness for great beast motif dating back to the time of Mammen style. The plant-based motifs were of no importance. 

The Urnes style flourished when the Scandinavian glory started to fade away. During this time, many Vikings abandoned their pagan belief and converted themselves to Christianity. This was the reason why a Viking style appeared in the gate of a church.

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