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Viking Art on Stamps: (OSEBERG)
August 1999



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In a museum in Oslo lays the famous recovered Oseberg ship (Fig 1) from the ninth century. This vessel, its graceful lines, decorative bow with various entanglements of beasts, dragons, snakes and vines is an elegant work of art in its own right. Some of these elements were copied on other Viking ships and portrayed on Norwegian and Isle of Man (Fig 2) stamps.

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Interred with the ship were grave goods including a small wood carving of a dragon's head (Fig 3). It resembles earlier ideas but is more complex as seen on the face and neck. New concepts winding in and around figures of humans and animals are seen on a decorated wagon (Fig 4).



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