Prussian “baba” stone in Bartoszyce, according to the regional legend so called Gustebalda. Stone anthropomorphic statues on the territory of former Prussian land were situated on the borders of villages, being characteristic and unchangeable elements of the landscape.
They had a shape of vertical, elongated blocks resembling human silhouette with marked elements of face. On statues very often have been carved ritual vessels, which were drinking horns. Sometimes were marked hands, weapons, elements of the outfit, etc. It’s difficult to speak about the artistic value of those statues, but no one ever had any doubts that they were representing human figures. Although their commonly name is “Baba” (polish “crone”), they were representing threatening and serious men.
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