RAM Vikings – Völva

Volva staff from the Royal Alberta Museum, shown with a display of three Valkyrie figurines.

Volva staff from the Royal Alberta Museum

Super quick post today from the 2019 Viking exhibit at the Royal Albert Museum (RAM) – because there really was only one artifact to show!

This iron staff with a handle was found in Fuldby, Zealand, Denmark, and has been attributed as a Völva’s staff.

 

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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 – Bone tools

"Handle made of bone, ornamented in Ringerike style, from Køge, Zealand, Denmark" c. 1000-1050 CE

“Handle made of bone, ornamented in Ringerike style, from Køge, Zealand, Denmark” c. 1000-1050 CE

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.

Today’s post is about some of the bone tools on display at the museum exhibit.

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RAM Vikings – Draw plate and metal working tools

Draw plate & metal working tools

Draw plate & metal working tools

Part of a competition piece I did a few years ago was on Viking Knit (Trichinopoly) where I learned a lot more about draw plates, and specifically 11th century draw plates. These are (in short) used to make wire a smaller diameter – as well as taking down the diameter of completed Viking Knit.

One of the items in the Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) exhibits was about draw plates, along with other metal working / jewelry making tools.

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