RAM Vikings – Embroidery

Interpretation of a man's outfit

Interpretation of a man’s outfit

In my last post I gave a bit of a sneak peek for this post – about embroidery.

There’s  a lot of controversy or discussion around the use of embroidery on Viking age garments between reenactors. There are a LOT of people who love their highly embroidered cloaks and apron panels, but there have been a scant number of textile artifacts that display embroidery.

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RAM Vikings – A casket for a princess?

The Cammin casket- c. 1000 CE (replica)

The Cammin casket- c. 1000 CE (replica)

At the Danish Viking Exhibit at the Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) there was a display entitled “A casket for a princess?”

“Fit for royalty, an expert Viking carver likely crafted this casket for a princess’ dowry. 

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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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