Yesterday the Duchess and I took the retinue off to Sydney's Maritime Museum to see the Vikings exhibition, visiting here from Sweden.
How I Would Like to See Myself
The Mini Duchess. Butter wouldn't melt...
The exhibition was quite nicely done, including some very familiar objects, some of which were replicas, and others I'd never seen before. A reconstruction of the Gokstad Ship was also floating in the harbour, and it was great to get on board and feel the roll of the deck. I felt my blood stir.
The Dux Feeling His Blood Stir
Visiting the Endeavour with the Mini Duchess and Assault. Battery preferred to stay on dry land with the Duchess
Something that did interest me in the exhibition was a display that included a couple of shield bosses from a Swedish burial that showed traces of textiles. Here's a photo:
Is it possible that the bosses were covered in decorative material? Or were they perhaps just wrapped for the burial? Does anyone know whether there is other evidence for cloth coverings over bosses?
In other news, I'm working hard on the painting competition....