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Female Figurine Found in Denmark Field

Friday, June 21, 2013

skalk2BORNHOLM, DENMARK—A gold figurine, standing just over one-and-a-half inches in height, was found recently in a field on Danish island of Bornholm. The figure is the fifth such item found in the area since 2009, and is unique among the set in that it is the only one that depicts a woman. That makes the figurine uncommon for art of its age, which is believed to be A.D. sixth century during the Nordic Iron Age. The gold woman, which weighs a tenth of an ounce and is thought to be a fertility idol, is depicted arched backward with her arms bound behind.