Spinning Destinies: Norns, Valkyries and the Art of Textile Production in the Viking Age
Keynote paper by Edel Porter
Given at the VI International Conference on Myth in the Arts on September 16, 2022
Excerpt: What we’re particularly interested in for the purposes of this lecture is the way in which the role of women as spinners and weavers is represented on the Oseberg ship. The Oseberg burial contains the largest and most varied collection of textiles and textile tools which have ever been found in a single grave of the Viking Age.
Top Image: From the archaeological excavations of the Oseberg burial mound near Tønsberg in 1904. Wikimedia Commons