Freya, the Norse Goddess of Love, and Fertility
Freya ruled Odin’Valkyries and is reputed to have taught him women’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. Goddess of the moon, of love, and of childbirth, she gave her name to Friday. Note the floreate detail of her headdress and necklace.
Sweden , 6th cent. CE]hunter green with slate wash Gypsumstone