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Unique gold figurine of naked woman found in Denmark
ScienceNordic ^ | Wednesday, June 12, 2013 | Rene Laursen, Bornholm Museum

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 ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: denmark; godsgravesglyphs
A parade of the five golden figurines that have been found so far in this exciting field on Bornholm. (Photo: Rene Laursen)

Unique gold figurine of naked woman found in Denmark

1 posted on 06/15/2013 10:14:02 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


2 posted on 06/15/2013 10:14:28 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

aliens!

/kidding


3 posted on 06/15/2013 10:15:06 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: SunkenCiv
Looks like Gumby.


4 posted on 06/15/2013 10:16:59 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: SunkenCiv

The first one on the left looks like Gumby.


5 posted on 06/15/2013 10:17:49 AM PDT by csvset
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To: GeronL

Voo Doo dolls for mos mom! ;-)


6 posted on 06/15/2013 10:18:36 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Hey that first one looks like Gumby. :)


7 posted on 06/15/2013 10:20:04 AM PDT by OKSooner
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To: carriage_hill

"That doesn't look anything like me."

8 posted on 06/15/2013 10:20:05 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SunkenCiv

The work of “quality” craftsmanship?


9 posted on 06/15/2013 10:20:26 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: carriage_hill

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.


10 posted on 06/15/2013 10:20:54 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: carriage_hill

What’s not to like about Gumby?

;o]


11 posted on 06/15/2013 10:21:09 AM PDT by Monkey Face (You have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide. ~ Joseph Goebbels / Barack Obama)
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To: SunkenCiv

"You know, if I were a single man, I might ask that gold figurine out.
That's a good-looking gold figurine."

12 posted on 06/15/2013 10:23:33 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (The Comeback Id.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Normally I like ancient artifacts, but these are so ugly that I want to melt them down and make the gold into something beautiful!


13 posted on 06/15/2013 10:23:35 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: SunkenCiv
The head is elongated with a protruding jaw and incised hair. The breasts are sagging and below both shoulders are notches.....


14 posted on 06/15/2013 10:26:43 AM PDT by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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To: SunkenCiv

What makes anyone think that sex toys are a modern invention?


15 posted on 06/15/2013 10:27:23 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: pepsionice

Makes sense. TV was probably ‘scarce’ back then, anyway.


16 posted on 06/15/2013 10:30:01 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: dfwgator

Eddie, is that you?


17 posted on 06/15/2013 10:30:28 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: Monkey Face

I liked Gumby. Clay-mation animation was in its infancy, back then, but he was entertaining.


18 posted on 06/15/2013 10:31:35 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: Monkey Face

“What’s 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.


19 posted on 06/15/2013 10:36:23 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: capydick

One more descriptor: “The face is stretched tighter than Buddy Rich’s snaredrum”.


20 posted on 06/15/2013 10:37:05 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: SunkenCiv

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.


21 posted on 06/15/2013 10:40:31 AM PDT by Stalwart
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To: SunkenCiv
Stretched arms and sagging breasts

I'd steal it.

22 posted on 06/15/2013 10:41:16 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("AP" clearly stands for American Pravda. Our news media has become completely and proudly Soviet.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Interesting; Compare these to the work of the modern ceramic artist Isamu Moguchi

http://mondo-blogo.blogspot.com/2011/03/isamu-noguchi-ceramics.html

“Yoshiko-san”

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.


23 posted on 06/15/2013 10:49:43 AM PDT by Pete from Shawnee Mission
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To: dfwgator

Dammit!


24 posted on 06/15/2013 10:53:43 AM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Lazamataz

Laz would hit it......


25 posted on 06/15/2013 10:55:24 AM PDT by njslim (St)
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To: SunkenCiv

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.


26 posted on 06/15/2013 11:01:56 AM PDT by Pete from Shawnee Mission
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To: carriage_hill

Gumby gave my son a lot of entertainment; in fact, every once in a while, I’ll send him a new Gumby!


27 posted on 06/15/2013 11:03:33 AM PDT by Monkey Face (You have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide. ~ Joseph Goebbels / Barack Obama)
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To: SunkenCiv

Really bad ancient sculptor/artist or an early Picasso type weirdo.


28 posted on 06/15/2013 11:04:36 AM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Trey Gowdy......Nuff said.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

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.


29 posted on 06/15/2013 11:07:22 AM PDT by Monkey Face (You have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide. ~ Joseph Goebbels / Barack Obama)
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To: Monkey Face

Good ol’ Gumby. Good for you & your Son.


30 posted on 06/15/2013 11:12:20 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: SunkenCiv

I used to have a bottle opener that looked like that.


31 posted on 06/15/2013 11:16:27 AM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: carriage_hill

Gumby is a constant. Thanks for the wishes...I think the next Gumby I buy, I will keep! LOL!


32 posted on 06/15/2013 11:17:13 AM PDT by Monkey Face (You have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide. ~ Joseph Goebbels / Barack Obama)
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To: Stalwart

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.


33 posted on 06/15/2013 11:17:16 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Stalwart

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.


34 posted on 06/15/2013 11:32:44 AM PDT by Pete from Shawnee Mission
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To: carriage_hill
TV was probably ‘scarce’ back then, anyway.

It was probably the same tired stories and too many lame commercials selling you a bunch of useless poorly made crap even then.

35 posted on 06/15/2013 11:33:34 AM PDT by Hardastarboard (Buck Off, Bronco Bama)
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To: Fresh Wind

Paleoporn.

:)


36 posted on 06/15/2013 11:40:31 AM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...the clowns will eat me.)
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To: Charles Henrickson

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?”


37 posted on 06/15/2013 11:56:04 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: SunkenCiv

Sexy!


38 posted on 06/15/2013 12:00:16 PM PDT by traderrob6
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To: Farmer Dean

If our Karma still requires more repayment, we may be having a really out of control lecher in our face daily after 16.


39 posted on 06/15/2013 12:08:16 PM PDT by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Looks like SNL’s ‘Cougar Barbie”.


40 posted on 06/15/2013 12:40:23 PM PDT by caddie
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To: SunkenCiv

Fascinating stuff! Thanks, eh?


41 posted on 06/15/2013 12:49:17 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: SunkenCiv

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...


42 posted on 06/15/2013 1:00:46 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: SunkenCiv

They are all Guilty. Series. This is Hugh!


43 posted on 06/15/2013 1:26:05 PM PDT by cqnc (Don't Blame ME, I voted for the American!)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Heh. Yeah.

And as usual, the “quality” craftsmanship looks like something made by a deranged 12 year old.


44 posted on 06/15/2013 2:32:55 PM PDT by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: GeronL; carriage_hill; csvset; hoosiermama; OKSooner; dfwgator; Monkey Face; Charles Henrickson; ...

LOL


45 posted on 06/15/2013 5:38:47 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Cowboy Bob; pepsionice; afraidfortherepublic; capydick; Stalwart; Pete from Shawnee Mission; ...

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.


46 posted on 06/15/2013 5:40:20 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Cowboy Bob
****The work of “quality” craftsmanship?****

I say melt them down and try again for some craftsmanship. A kindergardener could show more talent than whoever made those....

47 posted on 06/15/2013 5:57:56 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: Lazamataz

But would you hit it?


48 posted on 06/16/2013 3:45:42 AM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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