Fisherman nets 4,000-year-old pagan figurine

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A fisherman dragging a internet by a river in Siberia thought he had snagged a rock. Instead he had snared what specialists imagine is a 4,000-year-old pagan god figurine.

Nikolay Tarasov, 53, thought-about throwing the 12-inch statuette again, till he wiped away the muck and noticed {that a} ferocious-looking face had been carved into the artifact.

“I pulled it in by getting my pal to help and I was going to chuck it away,” he advised the Siberian Times. “But then I stopped when I saw it was a stone with a face. I washed the thing in the river—and realized it was a statuette.”

On the again of the figurine, snagged locally of Tisul, was what appeared like hair, carved behind the top.

Tarasov was advised that the relic may very well be value its weight in gold, however determined to donate his uncommon catch to a neighborhood museum, freed from cost. “Experts there quite literally jumped for joy, and quite high!” he stated.

It was later decided, with the assistance of specialists, that the statuette had been carved in horn, in all probability in the course of the Bronze Age.

Marina Banschikova, director of the Tisul History Museum, stated specialists are nonetheless finding out the relic however are fairly positive that the figurine represents a pagan god and belonged to the Okunev or Samus tradition.

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