I loved the Hedeby-inspired bag hangers/handles I made on the Maker Space laser cutter so much, that I wanted to try my hand at another set as well… though rather than going to the Birka style directly, I decided to merge the sawtooth style with… something a little different.
Inspired by a wooden object from the Oseberg ship burial, I merged the two styles, taking this sort of dragon design and the sawtooth design to make a ‘fantasy’ Viking-inspired bag handle. I didn’t copy the shape of the dragon exactly, since I needed a space to string the bag strap as well. I also was working on presumably a MUCH smaller scale, so didn’t include all of the texture from the Oseberg item, and ended up using a more simple circle design on the hanger.
I also decided to burn my SCA name (Drifa) into the design as well… since our lost-and-found officer is always trying to remind people to mark their stuff!
The finished version of this hanger is approximately 20cm, and I cut two pairs of this style so that I can make two different bags with them. Hopefully in the next… year… (really.. at this point it might be!) I’ll have a finished bag to show off using these handles much like my Hedeby-inspired bags.
Unfortunately I found the image online without a lot of information about what it is. One photo can be found on a STLCC.edu user site, which only describes it as a carved wood piece. A Google Image Search links to a dead website, showing a very similar photo, but suggesting that the animal head protrudes from two wooden planks that meet perpendicular to one another. The Viking Queen Tumbler account shows a similar photo, but again gives no information about the piece, other than it came from the Oseberg museum. Finally, Getty Images shows a similar but different image, indicating that the item they’ve photographed is a detail from one of the pillars of a bed, made of wood, from the 9th Century burial. However, other searches for the bed, show horse-heads rather than the dragon.
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