Norway

Norway
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In Norway, major archaeological discoveries inspired a growing national consciousness in design. The Viking revival (or dragon style) was stimulated by Viking ship excavations during the second half of the nineteenth century. While the Danes and the Swedes had their own versions of this style, the Norwegians were particularly drawn to Viking imagery. It represented Norway as a conqueror, not just the secondary partner in a forced union with Sweden. In this gallery, dragons decorate silver and furniture, and an enamel salt cellar is made in the shape of a Viking ship.

Norse mythology and medieval Christian history were the other key sources for iconography. Like ardent Romantic Nationalists in Finland and Hungary, Norwegian artists and historians traveled to remote corners of the countryside recording ancient tales, which were then used in the decorative arts.

- Wendy Kaplan (2005)