Viking Designs

Viking Designs

Book rating: 03 Paperback Dover Design Library

By (author) A. G. Smith

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  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
  • Format: Paperback | 48 pages
  • Dimensions: 204mm x 272mm x 6mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2000
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0486404692
  • ISBN 13: 9780486404691
  • Sales rank: 99,190

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This compilation features more than 175 dynamic, royalty-free motifs in a wide range of styles. Derived from the metalwork, woodwork, textiles, carvings, and ceramics of the Viking homelands of Norway, Denmark, and Sweden, they include sinuously intertwined patterns, mythological animals, dragon-slaying heroes on horseback, and many other striking images.

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By Antoinette 21 Aug 2012 3

Like most design books published by Dover, Viking Designs by A.G. Smith contains pages upon pages of black and white viking clip art. The publisher has also included an additional note which gives a enough of a background so as to furnish the lay reader with appropriate terminology to research later. "Borre-style pieces often show creatures with bulging eyes, triangular forward facing heads and large ears whereas Jellinge-style pieces the heads are slender, shown in profile and nearly always sport pigtails."

The book has 44 pages of images which range from interpretations of carved stone and wooden implements such as bedposts to tapestry and sword hilts. The clipart is clear and well drawn but due to their nature they cannot communicate placement and use of stones or enamel. Captions are frustratingly brief. Some objects are titled such as the Sutton Hoo items, however there is no list of extant sources. I would LOVE to see this book reprinted with the interpretation side by side with the original artificat. The scientist in me also wants these diagrams to come with a scale.

A good book for those wanting inspiration for Viking themed craft-work or someone just starting to research the Viking period. A mediocre book for someone wanting a good reference book for historical research.

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The legendary Vikings of Scandinavia were among the most dynamic peoples of Europe. Throughout the Viking age (c. A.D. 800-100 ), the vibrancy and aggressive energy of this culture found expression in the bold, often fantastic designs of its art. The royalty-free collection contains over 175 of these designs, adapted from authentic images originating in the metalwork, woodwork, textiles, stone and bone carvings, and ceramics of the Viking homelands of Norway, Denmark, and Sweden, as well as the lands they colonized: Iceland, northern Scotland, the Isle of Man, Ireland, and others. Motifs include sinuously intertwining patterns reminiscent of Celtic art, real and mythological animals, dragon-slaying heroes on horseback, "gripping beasts," and many more, all exuding a sense of power and confidence. Whether you're an artist, illustrator or craftsperson, or simply an admirer of dramatic, eye-catching design, this convenient, inexpensive volume will provide a handy source of inspiration, as well as striking embellishment for a host of graphic projects.