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06.06.2021

Germanic statuette of a god

Small bronze figurines of people, almost exclusively men, appear in the 3rd-4th centuries AD. They are found singly at settlements or near lakes and marshes, but often we do not know the detailed circumstances of the finds. Some of the metallic figures ended up in hoards for scrap metal, apparently they were not used as burial gifts. The figures vary in shape, some are plastic and well made, others have no arms and legs, or maybe they are just a head on a long pin. Most men are naked or simply with a belt around their waist. Some wear jewelry in the form of wrist or neck rings. The face is often cap-shaped, with the hair parted with a parting in the middle and the hair slicked down the sides. Many have strong mustaches and pointed beards. We do not know who the characters represent-perhaps the gods.

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