RAM Vikings – Pins, keys, and rings

Display of pins, rings, and keys from the RAM exhibit

Display of pins, rings, and keys from the RAM exhibit

Today’s post from the Royal Alberta Museum Viking display from Denmark is from a display with a number of trefoil brooches, penannular brooches, pins, rings, and keys. I’m not entirely sure what the common element is between all of these – other than things made of (mostly) bronze, worn as personal adornment.

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RAM Vikings – Valkyries

Valkyrie figure from the Danish exhibit at the Royal Alberta Museum

Valkyrie figure from the Danish exhibit at the Royal Alberta Museum

Two years ago in May 2019 my mum and I took a trip to Edmonton to visit the Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) specifically to see the touring Viking Exhibit from Denmark. It’s taken me some time to get through the photos (and remember to post) but over the next while I’ll share some of the highlights from the exhibit, hopefully to help any other reenactors or costumers get inspired for their own future projects!

Today’s post is all about three Valkyrie figures that I alluded to in my previous post.

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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.

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RAM Vikings – Coins as jewellery

coin with a ship motif on one side found at Lolland, Denmark. It's been dated 825-850 CE.

coin with a ship motif on one side found at Lolland, Denmark. It’s been dated 825-850 CE.

Near the entrance to the Viking display at the Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) there was a really small display – featuring a single silver coin. It was just one of many exhibits that included coins used as personal embellishment.

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