This little guy is the new face of Old Uppsala. Most likely a religious amulet, being too small for a gaming piece, he showed up as a corroded lump in a cremation grave of the Late Vendel Period, early-8th century. The same grave also yielded a lovely millefiori glass bird gem, glass beads, and very unusually for its time, molten remains of silver objects. To my knowledge this is the richest female Vendel Period grave found to date at the old nucleus of Svealand, that is, the best candidate for the grave of an 8th century Queen of the Swedes.
Read more at the Old Uppsala project blog kept by my friend, noted author Kristina Ekero Eriksson! Photographs by Sophie Nyström, Acta konserveringscentrum AB (metal dude) and Bengt Backlund, Upplandsmuseet (bird gem).