Up close – Vikings in BC

Viking personal adornment display at the Royal BC Museum - close up of the ornate pin and the festoon

Viking personal adornment display at the Royal BC Museum – close up of the ornate pin and the festoon

In my previous post, I showed off some of the displays which included needle cases from the museums I visited in Iceland, as well as the Viking display from the Swedish Museum in Victoria, BC. Since I have a few additional photos from those displays, I thought I’d share them here.

Viking personal adornment display at the Royal BC Museum. This display included a skull with filed teeth, a large pin, a festoon, an ornate pin, whetstone, needle case, and purse.

Viking personal adornment display at the Royal BC Museum. This display included a skull with filed teeth, a large pin, a festoon, an ornate pin, whetstone, needle case, and purse.

The “personal adornment” display I showed in my previous post, and it includes a number of things beyond the needle case.  Pictured above is the festoon and ornate brooch.

The necklace is a copy, made of glass and bronze. Some of the beads are authentic while others are reproductions as are the pendants. Both of the pendant copies are bronze and are based on a grave find from Uppland, Sweden. One of the originals depicts a sheaf or tree-like figure, while the other is an animal or mythological creature. Another shot focusing on the sheaf/tree-like figure is below.

The elaborate penannular brooch is bronze and iron, the ends are shaped like animal heads, and it too was found in Uppland, Sweden. The animal heads look like sea-serpents or fish to me.

Viking personal adornment display at the Royal BC Museum - close up of the Festoon and the "treasure" coin on it

Viking personal adornment display at the Royal BC Museum – close up of the Festoon and the “treasure” coin on it

Below is the close up of the ornate brooch with the animal heads.

Viking personal adornment display at the Royal BC Museum - close up of the ornate brooch

Viking personal adornment display at the Royal BC Museum – close up of the ornate brooch

 

Viking 'inside the home' display at the Royal BC Museum - including a textile fragment, a pair of shoes, needles, a whetstone, and a needle case.

Viking ‘inside the home’ display at the Royal BC Museum – including a textile fragment, a pair of shoes, needles, a whetstone, and a needle case.

In my last post I also showed off the “inside the home” display, which included a reproduction pair of leather shoes. I thought that some of my readers might appreciate seeing a closer version of the shoes. Namely the heel is interesting, and the ties are worth noting.

The shoes are leather reconstructions, and the display says “shoe designs followed the styles of the time and varied greatly in both quality and design.” The description doesn’t indicate where the originals were found.

Viking 'inside the home' display at the Royal BC Museum - close up showing the interior of the shoes and the interesting heel construction

Viking ‘inside the home’ display at the Royal BC Museum – close up showing the interior of the shoes and the interesting heel construction

The exhibit I visited at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, BC was the first North American stop for “Vikings”, an exhibition produced by the Swedish History Museum, in partnership with the MuseumsPartner in Austria. Posts from this exhibit will be tagged with “Vikings in BC” – so if you’re interested in the exhibit, follow that tag to see more.  However, I still have a few more photos to share from Iceland, so I’ll likely take some time before sharing more from Victoria.

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