Neckline variations on Viking garb at the Saga Museum

child figure at the Saga museum wearing a Thor's hammer necklace

child figure at the Saga museum wearing a Thor’s hammer necklace

I already posted about gathered necklines on Viking garb at the Saga Museum, but I thought I’d also do a post on some of the other neckline variations in their displays.

V-Neck neckline

child figure at the Saga museum wearing a Thor's hammer necklace

child figure at the Saga museum wearing a Thor’s hammer necklace

The child pictured here has a slight V-neck shirt, over a square neck shirt in this display from the Saga Museum. There is no date to this display.

Round neckline with front slit

Close up on the tri-lobed brooch on the figure at the Saga Museum

Close up on the tri-lobed brooch on the figure at the Saga Museum

This style above is the style I’m the most familiar with – a rounded neckline with a front centre slit, held together with a brooch. Most commonly I’ve seen this brooch as a small circular brooch, though in this case they’ve used a tri-lobe brooch. This figure is attributed to 874 CE.

Reverse faced neckline

A reversed faced neckline on a woman.

A reversed faced neckline on a woman.

This neckline above is one I see quite commonly on Viking as well as generic “middle ages” garb – the faced neckline (which is a round neckline with a slit) where the facing goes to the right side of the shirt in a contrast fabric.

This figure doesn’t have a date, but it’s prior to 874 CE.

Square trimmed neckline

A square neckline with trim

A square neckline with trim

The last neckline I saw at the Saga Museum is this square neckline with trim.  This represents Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði the law-speaker who helped usher in Christianity in 1000 CE.

Sagamuseum – The Saga Museum
www.sagamuseum.is/
Grandagarður, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
+354 511 1517

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