John on June 14, 2007 at 12:07 am
From my favorite Swedish paper, The Local:
Swedish archaeologists have uncovered signs of a Viking precursor to Mickey Mouse. Among the objects found during excavations at UppÃ¥kra in southern Sweden is an iron age figure bearing a strong resemblance to the classic cartoon character.
But archaeologist Jerry Rosengren from Lund University is confident that the bronze brooch – used as a clasp to fasten women’s clothing – was in fact intended to represent a Lion King rather than a mere mouse.
“The find is from around 900 AD. It was probably a lion’s head that originally came from France. It was however more than likely designed by somebody who had never actually seen a lion. “Instead it turned into this sort of strange, fantasy animal,” he told The Local.
Is it Mickey or Simba? You be the judge:
Mickey Mouse pic removed because I’m tired of Google linking it
Other possibilities suggested so far suggested…The evil rabbit from Donnie Darko (Keith):
And combining a couple possibilities from Henry and Scott, how about the Mickey pops that are served in the Disneyland where evil Spock lives?
And I also noticed the similarity to this Mickey Mouse ice cream scoop. (For scooping iron age ice cream of course.)