Norse Goddess Freya Statue Swedish Museum Replica
Freya Statue. Freya ruled Odin's Valkyries and is reputed to have taught him women's mysteries. Together with her consort-brother Frey she was ruler of the Vanir, ancient matrifocal nature deities who pre-existed Norse patriarchy.
In this recreation of a 6th century Swedish bronze image she is shown smiling, encircled by her great necklace Brisingamen. She gave her name to Friday. Note the floreate detail of her headdress and necklace.
[Sweden, 6th cent. CE]