A field on the Danish island of Bornholm has in recent years been the
site of many surprising archaeological finds. The most recent one of
these was of a golden figurine of a naked woman. 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.
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...
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.
Text and images (credit René Laursen) from ScienceNordic
, via The History Blog
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