23 April 2020

Herjolfsnes errors: Norlund 33 (Museum No. D5674)

Following discussion on the Herjolfsnes Challenge, it was agreed that it would be useful to have a repository of the errors, inconsistencies and unclear statements in Woven Into the Earth and Medieval Garments Reconstructed, the two reference books about garments from Herjolfsnes, Greenland. These have been collated by members of the Herjolfsnes Challenge.

This blog post deals with errors that directly relate to Norlund 33 (aka D5674). As more errors are found, they will be added to this repository. If you have noticed any, please let us know and we will add them.

All page numbers refer to the English-language versions of either Woven Into the Earth (WitE-E) or Medieval Garments Reconstructed (MGR-E). When the Danish-language versions are referred to, they will be denoted as WitE-D (i.e. Som syet til jorden) and MGR-D (i.e. Nordbomønstre).

For the full repository of Herjolfsnes errors, see this page.

Page 156, WitE-D and page 156 WitE - inconsistencies in description of gores. 
Found by Allan Bjerke Andersson (WitE-D) and Miriam Griffiths (WitE-E).

"Venstre forbredde mangler og ligeledes det meste
 af dragtens venstre bagerste sidebredde." p. 156, WitE-D.

"The front-left part of the (right-hand side) side gore is missing,
as is the backside half of the left-side gore."
WitE-D, translation by Allan Bjerke Andersson.

This description of the garment does not match the figure on the same page (Fig. 2, WitE-D and WitE-E), which shows the garment from the back. This figure clearly shows both the back half of the left gore and the back half of the right gore present and either complete or very near complete.

The same error is found in the English-language version:

"...the back part (the right side panel) is intact. The left front
panel is missing, as is most of the left back panel." p. 156, WitE-E.

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