The Urnes style takes its name from the Urnes stave church in Norway. The animal has a slimmer body and the eyes are narrower than in other Viking styles.
The Ringerike style evolved out of the early Mammen style and is named after a group of runestones found in the Ringerike district north of Oslo, Norway. The most common motifs are lions, birds, band-shaped animals and spirals.
The Mammen style takes its name from a silver-engraved axe found in a chamber tomb in Mammen, Denmark, in 1868. The large, four-legged animal on the axe is the same animal that adorns the large Jelling stone. While similar in appearance to Jelling-style animals, Mammen style animals have a broader body.
The Jelling style is named after a silver cup found in a tomb in Jelling, Denmark, in 1820. This style is characterised by stylised and band-shaped animal bodies.
The Borre style is named after artefacts found in a boat grave near the Norwegian village of Borre. This style is characterised by small, cat-like animal heads. The frame around the animals consists of an interlacing pattern tied together with double contour lines.
The Oseberg style is the earliest known Viking style, named after the Oseberg ship, which was found near Oslo in 1903. The motifs include animals, and in some cases human-like figures. The style is characterised by gripping beasts – the hands and feet are entangled in a web-like pattern.

Photo gallery: The six styles of Viking art

Vikings decorated their objects with patterns and motifs. Researchers have identified six different styles that formed the fashion in the Viking Age.

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