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Costume Buckle (Uppakra)

This small figurine, a costume needle or perhaps part of an awl or tweezers, was made sometime between 850 and 950 AD. It is probably intended to imitate the lion, an early Christian symbol used by those in power on the continent to denote royalty, strength, and virtue. But the maker probably never saw a real lion, and the result is a figure strikingly similar to one of popular culture's most famous figures, Mickey Mouse.