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Rod with a Terminal

Staraya Ladoga

Bronze

H 5.4 cm

The rod is topped with a man's bearded head. On the man's head is a cap in the form of two heads of birds of prey facing each other. It is thought that this is a representation of Odin, the supreme deity of the Vikings, with his ravens. According to legend, they flew around the world gathering information to bring back to Odin. This figure is typical of Scandinavian art of the 7th to 8th centuries.

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