Skip to comments.Unique gold figurine of naked woman found in Denmark
Posted on 06/15/2013 10:14:02 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
A small figurine depicting a slim, naked woman was recently found in a Danish field. Strangely, this is the fifth in a series of tiny golden human figurines found recently in the area...
The small, heavily arched figurine is only 4.2 cm tall and weighs 3 grams, has many details and bears the mark of quality craftsmanship.
Stretched arms and sagging breasts
The woman has a long and slender body, which may have been made out of a thin bar of gold. The head is elongated with a protruding jaw and incised hair. The breasts are sagging and below both shoulders are notches, indicating that her arms have been tied around her body.
The arms are stretched and the thumbs are pressed against one another, while the other fingers are facing downwards. On the stomach is a more clearly incised belt decorated with a zig-zag pattern, and the private parts are clearly visible between the short and thin legs...
Remarkably, the back side has ten prominent teeth, something that has never been seen before.
Naked female figurines are a rarity in Nordic Iron Age art, where male figurines dominated...
The golden woman is the fifth in a series of small, golden human figurines from the Smørenge field on Bornholm. The first four are all believed to depict men, while there is no doubt about the gender of the last addition to the series.
The first figurine was found in the spring of 2009, together with a number of other finds, including several gold-foil figures, while the next three appeared in spring 2012.
Common to all the five figurines is that the heads are plastically formed, but otherwise there is a great deal of variation.
(Excerpt) Read more at sciencenordic.com ...
A parade of the five golden figurines that have been found so far in this exciting field on Bornholm. (Photo: Rene Laursen)
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The first one on the left looks like Gumby.
Voo Doo dolls for mos mom! ;-)
Hey that first one looks like Gumby. :)
"That doesn't look anything like me."
The work of “quality” craftsmanship?
Probably used for ceremonial purposes.
If you didn’t have TV or movies or such....you more or less invented your own evening entertainment. There were probably sixty different ceremonies throughout the year, for just about everything under the sun.
What’s not to like about Gumby?
"You know, if I were a single man, I might ask that gold figurine out.
That's a good-looking gold figurine."
Normally I like ancient artifacts, but these are so ugly that I want to melt them down and make the gold into something beautiful!
What makes anyone think that sex toys are a modern invention?
Makes sense. TV was probably ‘scarce’ back then, anyway.
Eddie, is that you?
I liked Gumby. Clay-mation animation was in its infancy, back then, but he was entertaining.
“Whats not to like about Gumby?”
The whole claymation thing freaked me out as a little kid. I was born in ‘46. I knew stuff didn’t move the way claymation made them move.
One more descriptor: “The face is stretched tighter than Buddy Rich’s snaredrum”.
Looks like functional adornment to me. A barrette, or part of a clasp to secure clothing. The notches across the arms of the figurine would serve to keep cordage in place.
I'd steal it.
Interesting; Compare these to the work of the modern ceramic artist Isamu Moguchi
or “Big Boy and Small Child”
Same sort of rough unfinished feel. The Goldsmith was probably working with a limited number of tools; A chisel and file.
Laz would hit it......
Perhaps the reason for the “Teeth” on the back of the Female figure is that it was used as a Barrette, something to hold hair. It would also explain the notch in the upper arm/shoulder area.
A wire or cord or spring was looped around the shoulder notch, hair was gathered under the toothed back, the cord was passed around the hair and fastened to the legs somehow. It would also explain the arch, which would allow it to confirm to the curvature of the wearer’s head.
Gumby gave my son a lot of entertainment; in fact, every once in a while, I’ll send him a new Gumby!
Really bad ancient sculptor/artist or an early Picasso type weirdo.
I understood Claymation for what it was. But then, I spent most of my childhood summers and weekends at the movies!
Today’s pixelated movies are the answer to animated cartoons and claymation figures.
Good ol’ Gumby. Good for you & your Son.
I used to have a bottle opener that looked like that.
Gumby is a constant. Thanks for the wishes...I think the next Gumby I buy, I will keep! LOL!
I think you nailed it. I think it is part of a hair adornment/barrette, with cord, wire, or a leather thong used to secure the hair. The teeth would keep it from slipping easily and falling off, a cord could have been tied around the neck and feet, or places in between to secure it.
Ouch! Beat me to it! Should have checked “last” before posting.
And the other figures? The lost gold chess pieces of Aesir after the battle with the sons of Surt that ended the last age.... (Ragnarok - Poetic Edda, I recall) and fell in some farmers field (?) Well...maybe not.
It was probably the same tired stories and too many lame commercials selling you a bunch of useless poorly made crap even then.
That SOB again.When he finally goes to hell,the first words out of his mouth when confronted by Satan will be,”and is there a Mrs.Satan?”
If our Karma still requires more repayment, we may be having a really out of control lecher in our face daily after 16.
Looks like SNL’s ‘Cougar Barbie”.
Fascinating stuff! Thanks, eh?
At the risk of being totally without imagination-I think that is a woman’s hair ornament, like maybe a primitive ponytail clip. The “teeth” on the back would hold it in place, and the grooves on the shoulders and legs are there to wrap a ribbon or piece of rawhide around to hold the clip in place in the hair.
If it is a hair ornament, not much has changed since the 6th century AD-I bought a cloisonné one in the shape of a lizard some years ago at a craft market in southern New Mexico-works just like that Danish one, except it has an elastic band that goes around the grooves to hold it in place in the hair...
They are all Guilty. Series. This is Hugh!
And as usual, the “quality” craftsmanship looks like something made by a deranged 12 year old.
These are small pieces, which follows from the era (gold supply was small in that area; these may have been made from a coin or two each), and appear to have been made via some kind of half-assed version of the lost wax process, then worked.
I say melt them down and try again for some craftsmanship. A kindergardener could show more talent than whoever made those....
But would you hit it?