Dragon head is ready to be attached to the Viking ship now.
In front it had a dragon’s head, and aft a crook, which turned up, and ended with the figure of the dragon’s tail. The carved work on each side of the stem and stern was gilded. This ship the king called the Serpent. When the sails were hoisted they represented, as it were, the dragon’s wings; and the ship was the handsomest in all Norway.” (Saga of Olaf Tryggvason).
Viking Wood Carvings. A great selection of wood carvings based on Viking Art.
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Here are close ups of the rake, or dragon head poles. The black patterns and lines are incised carvings. Working with the various Oseberg carvings it occurred to me that those areas I painted blue were representations of sea creatures spouting, like whales, though the dragons are more mythical than representative of real creatures. The paint is milk paint, made of lime, milk by-products and.
Viking longships often had a dragon’s head carved from wood at the front of the ship, perhaps to scare spirits away. Learn more about Viking History for Kids The Vikings, who were powerful in North Europe from AD 793 until 1066, have captured our imagination for many reasons.
Dragon Corbel. Taken from the medieval carvings found upon the misericords and supporters within the choir stalls of Exeter Cathedral. This carving is of a Dragon’s head, a small but interesting little corbel designed to be wall mounted. Like many depictions of Dragons of this period the craftsmen that carved this piece has given the Dragon a friendly and approachable beast and not one to be.