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In 2012 a small figure was found in Harby, Funen, Denmark dating from 800 AD.  

Look at the hair!  What an incredible model the sculptor had.  Could this be a real depiction of a Viking age woman's hair style?

I was excited about the possibility that this was true.  I started to search through my other viking valkyrie pendants and sure enough there was that same hair style.

On this piece again look at the hair.  Not quite as long and spectacular, it is the same style. Based on a piece from Uppland, Sweden

 And on this small piece the hair is even shorter.  Based on a piece from Sweden


On one of the plaques we offer you can definitely see the same hair.

 On this plaque you see the long hair, but the back is covered with a cap


This style is not the only style shown.  This Valkyrie from Oland, Sweden, shows the hair drawn back to a bun in the back of the head.

Long hair must have been a preference in Viking times for women, with the knot a very common style.  In Roman times slaves were bought for their long hair for Roman women to use as wigs.  Is it possible the same practice was done in Viking times.

Written by Ray Moseley — October 31, 2015


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