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05.06.2021

Female figurines

They are not totally naked, these bronze women from 1000-500 BC. They all wear necklaces. The women’s body language testifies a position of power. The gestures are very resolute with the hands placed beneath the breasts. The look is stern and the hair very short, they almost look bald headed. Even so they have been connected with the goddess of fertility.

It seems like the belief in a strong female god emerges in Scandinavia during the late Bronze Age. A large number of neck rings are sacrificed in the bogs. They are of the same type as those the small figurines wear. Maybe the idea of this goddess came from the East Mediterranean where similar female figurines depicting gods existed during the earlier Bronze Age.

The bronze figurines are found in Blekinge, Skåne and Västergötland.

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