headgear in Ireland

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Re: headgear in Ireland

Postby Morcant on Thu Mar 04, 2010 5:23 pm

Women tend to cover their hair in the middle ages. Now I don't know exactly when the custom was set. On 6th century sources for exemple we see both covered and uncovered hair.
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Re: headgear in Ireland

Postby oleg on Sun Mar 07, 2010 5:17 pm

Madonna in "Virgin and Child" dressed in similar way as in other iconographic sources.
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Re: headgear in Ireland

Postby Seathrun on Wed Mar 24, 2010 3:42 am

The Royal Irish Academy has a book on Headwear in Dublin. Great source on female head covering for the viking age. It is an even better source on fabric arts for the time.
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Re: headgear in Ireland

Postby Andrea L Redden on Wed Mar 24, 2010 9:53 am

Morcant wrote:This hood was found in the Orkney and is early medieval.

It's definately pre-Viking. They've recently carbon dated it. 250-615AD. http://www.scotlandsplaces.gov.uk/search_item/index.php?service=RCAHMS&id=2980

The only Viking one I know of is from Skjoldehamn which is from the island of Andoya in Northern Norway and has also been carbon dated lately: 995-1029AD. It's made of two rectangles and two squares.

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Everything else seems later. The earliest pictorial representation I could find of a hood as a separate garment was about 1160AD.

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Re: headgear in Ireland

Postby brendan on Thu Mar 25, 2010 10:37 am

I think that there are some issues in calling the Skjoldehamn hood Viking i.e. It is from that time period and a similar geographic area, but is from a quite different culture. I say this based on discussions on the Hastings forum back in 2005 so don't have primary/secondary references to support my statement!
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