|The Mammen axe|
The Mammen style animal was out of that of the Jellinge style. The two animals can be difficult to tell apart, and during the transitional period it would be a mistake to separate them. The animals' body becomes gradually more substantial with more naturalistic proportions. Its spiral hip joints are increased in size. On the slender body of the Jellinge style animal there was no room for more than a single row of bars or beading.
The Mammen style might be dismissed as little more than a transitional phase which links the Jellinge style with the Ringerike style. The Mammen style seem not to have been in fashion for more than a couple of generations. But it is marked in the history of Viking Art in one important respect. In the Broa and Borre style there was no serious interest in the use of plants or of their leaves or tendrils, in the Jellinge style there was a suggestion of stubby tendrils providing decoration to the animals' bodies. In the Mammen style appears for the first time full use of foliate patterns.
|sword-mount , sigtuna, Sweden|
|The Bamberg casket|
Source: Moesgård Museum, Århus
Next: The Ringerike style, ab. 980-1080