RAM Vikings – Embellished ordinary things

Embellished ordinary things

Embellished ordinary things

Today’s Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) exhibit items are all things that have ordinary uses, but are all decorated with different elements.

Like the Bone tools display, I found it difficult to categorize this display – and the only common element was that they seemed to be common items with decorative elements.

spindle whorl, polished amber bead & strap end mount

spindle whorl, polished amber bead & strap end mount

  • The first item is an amber spindle whorl, from Scania, Sweden.
  • The next is a polished amber bead from Viborg, Jutland, Denmark
  • The third is a strap end mount made of silver with “Frankish leave ornamentation” from Viborg, Jutland, Denmark
  • Next, is a dress pin, described as an Eastern Baltic style, c. 900 CE.
  • The next is a strap end mount in an “Oriental style” according to the display, found in Nørholm, Jutland, Denmark
  • The final item from the display is, a Baltic type of flint striker. The handle is decorated with a “pair of horsemen” according to the exhibit display. This was found at Bornholm, Denmark.
strap end mount, dress pin, and strap end mount

strap end mount, dress pin, and strap end mount

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Strap end mount and a Baltic type of flint striker.

Strap end mount and a Baltic type of flint striker.

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