|The figure from the Oseberg cart|
(Photo: Museum of Cultural History, Oslo)
Mannering, Ulla. Iconic Costumes: Scandinavian Late Iron Age Costume Iconography. (Oxbow Books, Dec. 27, 2016).
Iconic Costumes is the English translation of Professor Mannering's dissertation, which had been published in Danish back in 2006. The basis of the analysis is examination of as many of the clothing images from pre-Viking and Viking age representations of the human figure, including those from jewelry, guldgubbar (tiny stamped pieces of gold foil whose intended purpose is unclear), bracteates, helmet ornamentation, and other places. What Professor Mannering has done is look for patterns in the representations, to see what information those patterns could provide about clothing in prehistoric Scandinavia.
|The Søgård kilt. (Source--Iconic Costumes)|
I intend to write about my thoughts concerning Iconic Costumes after I have read and digested it. If any of my readers obtain and finish the book before I do, please feel free to discuss it in the comments.