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The rightfully famous Finglesham buckle from Kent, England. This early Anglo-Saxon buckle shows a ritual spear dancer with two spears, no clothes and a ritual horned helmet. He is widely supposed to be the god Odin or Woden but I suspect is more likely to be one of his worshippers. Found much to my surprise and delight in the Ashmoleum Museum in Oxford.

Statue of the princess - priestess Takushit. Found on Kom Tourougka, near Lake Mareotis, south of Alexandria, in 1880. Copper alloy with precious metal inlay. End of 25th Dynasty, approximately 670 BC. The statue had a ritual votive, and funerary use. The woman’s name means ‘the Ethiopian’ and may refer to her relation or marriage to an Ethiopian. Her father was Akanosh II, great chief of the Ma tribe from Libya. The figure’s characteristic garment is executed with inla…

EASTER, a Former Slave at Kingsley Plantation on Fort George Island, Florida. (Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938).

Part of Swedens famous Rök runestone, which bears the longest-known runic inscription in stone. The Norsemen continued the practice of mixing runes with Christian symbols until the 17th century, when the medieval church banned runes in an attempt to drive out all vestiges of superstition, paganism, and magic. Runes fell out of widespread use but did not disappear altogether.