Saturday, 17 May 2014

Hedeby - a carved dragon's head


Hedeby hand carved Viking dragon head by bod


Hedeby - hand carved oak wall plaque / free standing sculpture, based on a dragon's head pin dated AD950-1000 that was found at Hedeby, modern Germany (also known as Haithabu.) Hedeby was the largest Nordic city during the Viking Age and used to be the oldest city in Denmark until the site became part of Germany.
~ 285 x 165 x 25mm

Hedeby carved oak Viking dragon head

I have been wanting to carve a Viking dragon's head for a while, and whilst visiting the 'Vikings Life and Legend' exhibition at the British Museum, I saw the Hedeby pin displayed and was instantly inspired!

Hedeby was the largest Nordic city during the Viking Age and used to be the oldest city in Denmark until the site became part of Germany. It is towards the end of the Jutland peninsula, and here, only a narrow land-crossing seperates the Schlei, an inlet of the Baltic, in the east from the then tidal river to the west, giving access to the North Sea. Hedeby, also known in German as Haithabu, developed as an important trading centre.

The site was discovered in 1900, and archaelogical work has continued there, intermittently, until the present day. The most important finds resulting from the excavations are now on display in the adjoining Haithabu Museum.

Hedeby carved oak Viking dragon head


In the book that accompanies the British Museum exhibition, the picture of the pin has this text next to it: "the dragon heads that are most associated in the imagination with the prows of Viking longships could also decorate the simplest domestic items, like this pin."

I decided early on in carving 'Hedeby' that I wanted it to have an 'authentic' feel as a Viking Dragon Head and therefore opted for a 'tooled' and darkened finish.

I hope you like it, I was quite pleased with the result!

Thanks for reading!

bod

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