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”.
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