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Scandinavian Gold-Foil Picture


Emma Groeneveld
by Lokis Tochter
published on 19 April 2018
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Gold-foil picture [C-III-1] depicting a couple embracing each other, found in Scandinavia. It is thought to represent the Norse god Freyr and his wife Gerðr united in holy marriage (hieros gamos).

These tiny images are known as 'guldgubber' and have been found with various depictions on them in both Norway, Sweden and Denmark. They date to between the late Iron Age and the early Viking Age.

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Tochter, L. (2018, April 19). Scandinavian Gold-Foil Picture. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Tochter, Lokis. "Scandinavian Gold-Foil Picture." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified April 19, 2018.

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Tochter, Lokis. "Scandinavian Gold-Foil Picture." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 19 Apr 2018. Web. 25 Feb 2021.

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