Round Gripping Beast Pendant
This gripping beast pendant is based upon a common form of pendant from the early Viking Age. I have added a simple round frame to mine.
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.