The "Lady of the Mountain" (Fjallkona) is the female incarnation of Iceland. The personification of a nation as a woman was widespread in 18th and 19th century Europe. The idea of the Fjallkonan as motherland was a counterweight to the idea of the Danish King as 'father' in 19th-century Iceland under Danish rule, and after independence in 1944 became one of the images through which feminism and the idea of powerful women, such as Iceland's first female president Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, were made to seem a natural part of Icelandic culture.
25mm (glass bead)
Please note that the doughnut-shaped bead is an artificial glass with blue swirling patterns. It is not Quartz and it is not a mineral or gemstone. The glass is individually cut and drilled by hand. Colors and details may vary slightly, lending each bead unique characteristics.
Photography: Filipa Peixeiro