[A] category – Men

Men Category [A]
There are – up to now – five different types of male figures: staff-bearer, drinker, with sword, with different gestures, sword, and men with neither attributes not gestures.
The majority of male patirces have been found on Bornholm – out of 1207 whole and unsevered guldgubber (as of 2003) 804 can be defined as male. At other places doublegubber prevail.
A-I] is made up of all guldgubber showing a man with a Sturzbecher. The drinkers have a Sturzbechertype drinking vessel in one of their hand. At the top of the vessel a tongue is liking out, as if the contained fluid is spilled. The drinkers also wear a kaftan like gown.

Guldgubber depicting a "drinker"

Guldgubber depicting a “drinker”, a man with a Franconian Sturzbecher [A-I-1]

Subcategory [A-II] consists of men with a staff. The staff-bearer wear a kaftan – “Klappenrock” in German – with rich embroidery or tablet woven brim. The kaftan was worn until the Viking Age and remains of such a clothing have been found at the harbour in Haithabu (Northern Germany). But there are staff-bearers with no or sparse clothing as well, thought they are rarer. The staff is either long – man size – or short – arms length.

Guldgubber depicting a staff bearer

Guldgubber depicting a staff bearer [A-II-2]

There are – up to now – only two dies (the one below including) known showing a man with an obvious beard.

 

Guldgubber depicting a staff bearer with a beard

Guldgubber depicting a staff bearer with a beard [A-II-6]


[A-III] shows guldgubber with men and diverse gestures. This can be shouting, grasping of an arm or anything. Here it is the etending of a hand or holding the hand quite big and visible.

Guldgubber depicting a man with an exaggerated hand

Guldgubber depicting a man with an exaggerated hand, the other is not visible [A-III-3]

The men with a sword are gathered in subcategory [A-IV]. Up to now – as my knowledge – only two warrior like man have been found – both on Bornholm. One of the wears the already known kaftan, the other one is in an action like move and not complete. Both have a sword in their hand which seems to be a sax.

Guldgubber depicting a man in full swing with a sword

Guldgubber depicting a man in full swing with a sword in his left hand, his other hand is raised. It is not evident whether the hand was holding something as well [A-IV-1]


Subcategory [A-V] includes all guldgubber with men that show neither gestures nor have any attributes.

Guldgubber without any attributes

Guldgubber without any attributes, his feet are visible but not his armsĀ  [A-V-5]