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The Borre Style (c. AD 840 – 970)





The Borre style takes its name from another set of bronze bridle-mounts from a ship burial at Borre in Vestfold, Norway. This style continues the use of the “gripping beast” motif, but with a new development – the ribbon shaped body is beneath a rather triangular head with protruding ears. This can be seen in this example of a silver-gilt pendant from a hoard found in Vårby in Sweden.

In Britain, an insular form of the Borre Style, known as “Gaut’s Interlace” developed. It takes its name from Gaut’s Cross (Kirk Michael 101) in the Isle of Man.

You can find further examples of this art style here...