|19th century Finnish woodsman|
A few months ago, I stumbled across the image to the right in a web article about Finnish axes. The image was captioned:
Karelian man in a woodsman's outfit with the distinctive “kukkeli” hood and a Karelian type axe with partial collar of the shaft. Louis Sparre 1892. Source “Kalevalaseura – The Kalevala Society of Finland”.
I don't know much about Finnish axes, either in the 19th century or otherwise. What struck me about this image is that the hood the man is wearing is made in the same shape as the Skjoldehamn hood, though the man shown wearing it is a 19th century CE Finn; not a Swedish Viking, and not a member of the Saami people. It raises interesting questions about the culture to which the wearer of the Skjoldehamn outfit belonged, as well as questions about how much utility lies in using later period costumes as a basis for inferences about clothing worn by earlier cultures. If any of my readers know anything more about the above image and its provenance, please let me know in the comments.