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Viking Art on Stamps: (BORRE)
August 1999



Fig 5

fig 6

Fig 5

Fig 6


On a farm in Broa, Gotland, an unknown artist working in metals designed a number of stylized animal figures. One was a whimsical little fellow that became popular in the ninth century and came to be known as the "Gripping Beast."

The "Gribedyr" (Fig 5), shows up on a variety of stamps, sword hilts, pendants and broaches (Fig 6).



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