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A Hustomte: The Naturally mummified body of a Swedish ‘Hustomte’ or house gnome. Dated 1866. Hustomten comes from Scandinavian folklore and is said to be a gnome that helps the farmer and cares for the livestock. He has a fierce temperament and is very traditional. If he gets upset he will bring misery to the household. The label reads, ‘This little house gnome was found by my father, Jan Peter Peterson, in the winter of 1866 inside the old barn wall. He was already lifeless.’ Jacob Petersson

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