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 – Art styles

I’ve subsequently taken a really great class on the different Viking Age art styles, through the SCA – but there was also a really neat display at the Danish Viking Exhibit at the Royal Alberta Museum (RAM).  Today’s blog post will have some of the photos from that display.

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Viking Tortoise Brooches

Tortoise brooches found beneath the Hekla eruption.

Tortoise brooches found beneath the Hekla eruption.

From the Iceland National Museum

So I took a bit of a detour and showed you some photos from the Vikings exhibit in BC,  (click the tag to read more) but I still have so much to share from Iceland.. so back to Iceland we will go!

The Iceland National Museum had a number of “tortoise” brooches on display from a number of different discoveries. I’ve decided to show them all off on one page, although they all might be from different ages.

Please note, this is a VERY image-heavy post.

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