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.
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
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
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
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
Grandagarður, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
+354 511 1517