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VIKING BURIAL MASK by michael bahl

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Material: Bone, wood, steel
Size: 1 ft H X 1 ft W X 1 ft D

This burial mask, dating from the 10th Century, is believed to be a relic from the tomb of an unknown Viking Warrior.

The form is based primarily on the pelvis of a bull, which represents strength and virility. The spinal column and rib cage, which protect the warrior's eyes, are those of a young wolf. The ram's horns give the warrior means to ward off the demons who might attack him on his journey after death.

The fragments of this magnificent artifact were discovered by my cousin Sven, an amateur archeologist living outside the village of Valterbaal in Sweden.