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24.05.2021

HELGE

The little statuette was found south of Uppåkra Church, and is among the more unusual finds. The figure may possibly depict a lion fighting two serpents, which relates to Christian symbolism.

The object is reminiscent of the Frankish-Carolingian style, prevalent in the region of region of present-day France, England and Ireland, which was common around 800 AD. Thus this animal figure could be on of the first Christian artefacts to have reached Uppåkra.

The find was made by the archaeologist Bertil Helgesson, and therefore given the name”Helge”.

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