Viking Gripping Beast Earrings
The gripping beast is an intriguing motif from the Viking Age. I have used it in my earrings, drawing on the many gripping beast pendants found in the Viking Age, which are covered in these grinning goblins.
The gripping beast is a modern term for a viking art motif that thrived in the 9th and 10th centuries. Spirited, humourous animals gripping themselves or other things around them - they are a fascinating and exhuberant expression of the Viking Age. They survived for a century and a half, carved in many different forms by Viking craftsmen. Yet, for all that, their meaning remains a mystery.
But who could deny that they stand as witness to the viking sense of humour?
An ancient motif still alive and kicking.
The price is for the pair and is available in sterling silver only.