Mother and son figure at the Saga Museum
For those of you who follow the other blog that I write for, Happy Sushi Belly, might know that in July I went to Iceland. While there I visited a few different places that gave me some information for my ongoing Viking costume research.
One of these was the Saga Museum in Reykjavik.
Please note – one of the figures displayed below includes a wax interpretation of a female breast. I see nothing wrong with it, but if you find such offensive, you might want to skip this post.
Located near the Viking Maritime Museum (which I didn’t visit), the Saga Museum features 17 scenes from Icelandic Sagas, and the information about the museum claims that they have strived for a high level of authenticity. Along with the displays (wax figures depicting scenes) there are signs, and a descriptive audio guide on MP3 which gives a lot of information about the scene, the time, the location, and the activities.
I did note, however the slight inconsistencies between what I’d researched, and some of the female adult attire displayed.
The wax figures representing the earliest settlers of Iceland in the Saga Museum
For instance, there is a depiction dated to around 874, one of the first people living in Iceland and the woman (Hallveig Fróðadóttir) is wearing an Apron Dress in the priced and fitted style of the 10the century (I think, based on my research so far) without trim of any sort ( on her Apron dress, cloak, or underdress). They’ve also cut the Apron dress under arms in much more of a shaped, curved shape, rather than the simple cuts that I would have predicted.
I’ll be exploring this a bit more in the future.