A mysterious stone figurine from Latvia
Viking Rus - Studies on the Presence of Scandinavians in Eastern Europe

A parallel ... ?

 

A possible parallel I have found in the book Viking Rus - Studies on the Presence of Scandinavians in Eastern Europe by Wladyslwa Duczko.

An image of the illustration/drawing of an exact size (Illustrations, Fig. 72. Shestovitsa: Norse finds from settlement site illustration c. of stone (not mentioning the type of artefact, just 'of stone').

 

Link to info on the Shestovitsa excavations

Liepaja, Latvia

Finding spot

 

The figurine was found in the Baltic viking settlements, near Liepaja, Latvia

Baltic viking idol figurine
Baltic viking idol figurine

The mystery artefact...

 

This is the mysterious puzzling artefact in my collection.. The seller addressed it like am ancient viking face figurines(idol ?) and 'rare'.

 

Rare indeed it must be, because up til now I haven't found an satisfying parallel to it.

 

The figurine - with a face that seems to be 'griimacing' - is made of stone with lead within it. I recognised the lead appearance as I have also gaming pieces with lead within from the more convential viking area (England).

 

It measures app. 38 mm hight, 19 mm width at the broadest points and is app. 10 mm high on the hoghest point - the nose of the figurine

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