Gold Foil Figure with Open Palms
August 11, 2022
The illustration displays some of the common characteristics among the figures depicted on the Gold Foil Figures.
The figure is depicted with its arms down the side and palms facing forward. This gesture is often seen in late antiquity Christian context (as with raised arms), where it is apotropaic or signals reverence, fear or submission.
The Gold Foil Figures are contemporary with Style II B (c. 550–650) and display many of the same style characteristics.