Tiny man, standing tall under the sun. Waiting. What are you waiting for? Waiting for us to see you? How did you catch that sun around your neck?
How I love the eye of whoever it was who placed this little figure like this, next to a wall and with lighting that gives such a dense atmosphere around it.
The scene is The Swedish History Museum in Stockholm. In the basement, you find the Gold Room. Jewellery, coins and other objects of gold (> 50 kg) and silver (> 200 kg) on display, the earliest from the migration period, 400-800 AD (this figure dates back to that period).
This figure is small, not more than 6-7 cm or so (appr. 2,5 inches). I refer to it as a man, but it might as well represent a woman, I really don’t know.
It stood in the lower corner of a display, in the shadow of an impressive, attention seeking collar. Had it not been displayed like this, I might have missed it. I certainly would not have been inspired to blog about it.
Why do I blog about it? (Obviously not because of the photo quality, I had wanted to offer you a sharper one.)
Watching literally kilos of precious metal in one go is blinding, almost too much.
This little man looked so human and humble. Lonely in his corner, but also rich, with that golden collar around his neck. Patiently waiting. For sure carrying lots of stories. He looked small, just like we are small, under the sun.
I just wanted to let you know that he is there, and that I saw him.
(Am doing some research and hope to be back with more about this little figure later on…)