Finnish garb - Link goes to pdf of "VIKING AGE FINLAND. Study and Recreation of the Eura Dress" by Oonagh Bhan from Kingdom of the West

This is from an amazing research paper on woman's clothing in Viking Age Finland.

9th C Finnish

Viking Horse - C Finnish - I think this is a weapon- one would hold the horse head section in his hand

Europe - Russia/Karelia

30 dec An old traditional embroidery usually seen at Karelian/orthodox cloths called "käspaikka". My grandma loved embroidery.

Kantele

Kantele, an ancient string instrument of the zither family and a Finnish national instrument, an important part of the Kalevala mythologies

Eura-dress is reconstruction based on Luistari tomb No. 56 (Western Finland) discoveries, including a string of pearls and coins. The coins in that tomb are mostly Arab, but there is also some germanic coins. The youngest coin is minted 1018-24.

Eura-dress is reconstruction based on Luistari tomb No. 56 (Western Finland) discoveries, including a string of pearls and coins. The coins in that tomb are mostly Arab, but there is also some germanic coins. The youngest coin is minted

Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931): Lemminkäisen äiti, 1897. (Kuvalähde: Kuvataiteen keskusarkisto)

Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Lemminkainen's Mother (based on the Finnish National epic Kalevala).

Ancient_Finnish_Costumes.PDF http://www.vikinganswerlady.com/FTP_Files/Ancient_Finnish_Costumes.PDF

Really nice to see the variation in Finnish folk dress. The longer shawl I feel would suit the character of the brothers wife. I think the shawl gives a more mature look to the outfit.

The jouhikko is a traditional, 2 or 3 stringed bowed lyre, from Finland and Karelia. Its strings are traditionally of horsehair. The playing of this instrument died out in the early 20th century but has been revived and there are now a number of musicians playing it. The Jouhikko is also called jouhikannel or jouhikantele, meaning a bowed kantele. The strings are stopped by touching them with the back of the fingers (the knuckles or nails), as there is no fingerboard to press the strings…

The jouhikko is a traditional, 2 or 3 stringed bowed lyre, from Finland and…

Kantele player Teppana Jänis. - Kalevalaseura 1916

Kantele player Teppana Jänis. - Kalevalaseura 1916

Karjala dress with replica jewelry from Kalevala Koru.

Finland ◇ Karjala dress with replica jewelry from Kalevala Koru.

Europe - Finland, Russia/Karelia, käspaikka, Goddess Mokosh

I’ve come to associate these female figures in Slavic embroidery as the goddess Mokosh. In Elizabeth Wayland Barber’s book The Dancing Goddess: Folklore, Archaeology, and the Origins of European Dance she identifies them as Bereghinya “Protectress”.

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