Winter is Coming

While TV viewers are still reeling from the events of last night’s Game of Thrones finale, we’ve been thinking about possibilities for a little Museum expansion. We’ve got locations in South Kensington and Bethnal Green, with big plans for Dundee and the Olympic Park, but what if the V&A were to open up in Westeros?

With all the warring that can happen when different families disagree, we’d have to make sure our collections covered all nine houses, from the scheming Tyrells to the oh so unfortunate Starks.

Luckily a quick scout around Search the Collections shows that we’ve got objects to represent every house standard. It looks like we wont be the cause of any epic battles – let’s leave that to the Lannisters.

Speaking of…

House Lannister: A golden lion
Earring, unknown maker, 350 - 300 BC. Museum no. 624-1884. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

House Arryn: A falcon
Watercolour, William Brodrick, about 1872. Museum no. SD.178. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

House Baratheon: A stag
Print, J Pass, 1799. Museum no. 25016:803. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
House Greyjoy: A kraken
Fish slice, Dean Alexander Smith, 2004. Museum no. M.122-2008. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

House Martell: A red sun
Vase, unknown maker, China, 18th Century. Museum no. FE.57-1982. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

House Stark: A direwolf
Wolf intaglio, unknown maker, 200 - 50BC. Museum no. 572-1871. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
House Targaryen: A dragon
Dragon and Clouds, painting, unknown maker, 1800 - 1900, Korea. Museum no. FE.48:1-1993. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

House Tully: A leaping trout
Plate, Close & Co., 1850 - 1864. Museum no. 2561-1901. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

House Tyrell: A golden rose
Ring, unknown maker, 1830 -1860. Museum no. M.172-1962. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

And we mustn’t forget a crow for all of the men of the Night’s Watch, bravely battling ice zombies while everyone else bickers over the Iron Throne

Tile, Minton, Hollins & Co, about 1875. Museum no. C.186E-1976. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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