Viking Bareheaded long hair (past shoulder)
A number of picture stones, Oseberg carvings, Valkyrie pendants all seem to show Viking women with exposed long hair.
An alternative interpretation is that they depict a long scarf.
Owen-Crocker considers the evidence for Viking art to represent bare hair either worn in a bun or more commonly in a knotted pony tail.
English Women's Visible hair
Leather hair accessory
An almond shaped piece of leather with a pin of bone or wood used to hold a pony tail.
- York, with rolled or moulded ends, late C11th or early C12th. cat.15779 [MOULD, CARLISLE and CAMERON 2003: p.3411]
- London – Guild Hall, with moulded small cylinder ends. cat. 4375 [MOULD, CARLISLE and CAMERON 2003: p.3411]
- Dublin, with moulded crescent shaped ends. cat. E711:5193 [MOULD, CARLISLE and CAMERON 2003: p.3411]
An alternative interpretation of these leather finds is as slings. [MOULD, CARLISLE and CAMERON 2003: p.3411]
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