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Antique Metal 19th C Sculpture Siegfried & Brunhild Germanic Folk Figural Statue

  • $ 60000


Vintage 19th century Siegfried & Brunhild sculpture. Cast in pot metal and overlaid with a bronze patination this classical pair of figures are typical of the 19th century. Due to expansionism in Europe at the time all countries had an interest in classical antiquities and often cast their own folklore figures in the same warrior like guise. Siegfried and Brunhild were the quintessential romantic and warrior like combination in Germany. They are depicted as handsome and beautiful, tactile and strong.

According to the Völsunga saga, Brunehilde is a shieldmaiden and seemingly valkyrie who is the daughter of Budli. She was ordered to decide a fight between two kings, Hjalmgunnar and Agnar, and knew that Odin preferred the older king, Hjalmgunnar, yet she decided the battle for Agnar. For this Odin condemned her to live the life of a mortal woman, and imprisoned her in a remote castle behind a wall of shields on top of mount Hindarfjall, where she sleeps in a ring of flames until any man rescues and marries her. The hero Sigurðr Sigmundson (Siegfried in the Nibelungenlied), heir to the clan of Völsung and slayer of the dragon Fafnir, entered the castle and awoke Brynhildr by removing her helmet and cutting off her chainmail armour. The two fell in love and Sigurðr proposed to her with the magic ring Andvaranaut.

Marked on front: Siegfried & Brunehilde

A fabulous addition to any eclectic home decor or a great housewarming gift idea. This would suit any 19th century sculpture or Germanic folklore collection.


Sculpture measures 6.5" deep by 13" wide by 21.75" tall and weighs 17lb 14oz.


This sculpture is in good functional condition considering age and use, there s some flaking to the paint and the sword is slightly bent- please see all pictures as they form part of the condition description.

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