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PostSubject: Help me with a mystery??   Thu Feb 02, 2012 7:23 pm

I just put an odd object that I own up for sale on ebay. I need your help because I really don't know what this thing is!!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170776152649

Thanks for any suggestions.


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PostSubject: Re: Help me with a mystery??   Thu Feb 02, 2012 8:48 pm

That's a puzzler, Joe. It does look like some kind of fertility symbol, like you said in the description. In fact, just looking at it... is anybody else craving pickles and ice cream?

Joe, where did you get it?
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PostSubject: Re: Help me with a mystery??   Thu Feb 02, 2012 9:13 pm

I explain that in the description of the item. Frying pan
"I bought this at an shop that sold Roman oil lamps , coins and other artifacts but he didn't have a clue as to what it was." This was in Roseville, Michigan back in the early 90's.


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PostSubject: Re: Help me with a mystery??   Thu Feb 02, 2012 9:20 pm

Oh! I didn't scroll down.
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PostSubject: Re: Help me with a mystery??   Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:35 am

The first picture reminded me of a calcified heart. Not that I have ever seen one before. laugh3 But, I have no clue what it could be.

Roseville is my city's next-door neighbor.


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PostSubject: Re: Help me with a mystery??   Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:45 pm

Rob wrote:
That's a puzzler, Joe. It does look like some kind of fertility symbol, like you said in the description. In fact, just looking at it... is anybody else craving pickles and ice cream?

Joe, where did you get it?

I agree. I think it's a fertility Venus or something similar...However, the calcified heart theory also fits me. grinsmiley greenS

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PostSubject: Re: Help me with a mystery??   Fri Feb 03, 2012 11:32 pm

Calcified heart? eww.
Hey guys and guyettes, can I ask a favor? If you visit any other forums could you post the mystery? Here is the thread to the item again.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170776152649
I really want to know what this is!!
(yes, and sell it.)


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PostSubject: Re: Help me with a mystery??   Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:53 pm

Hey Joe,
you might find this interesting? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oil_lamp
Look on the right side of the page about half way down, there's one "similar" in function there, a double burner lamp.
I've seen a couple of them in pictures doing a Google search, looks like this one might be from 200A.D.? Very cool Joe!
I'm not thinking that it is a fertility item, the Romans were rather obsessed with the human body, but the oil lamps look to be made with some imagination, feet, heads, masks, horses, a little of everything put on them.
Still stinking cool, would bid on it myself if it were another form.

P.S. Check the pricing on the lamps Joe, seems most go from $150 to $200+


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PostSubject: Re: Help me with a mystery??   Mon Feb 06, 2012 11:08 pm

AaronM wrote:
Hey Joe,
you might find this interesting? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oil_lamp
Look on the right side of the page about half way down, there's one "similar" in function there, a double burner lamp.
I've seen a couple of them in pictures doing a Google search, looks like this one might be from 200A.D.? Very cool Joe!
I'm not thinking that it is a fertility item, the Romans were rather obsessed with the human body, the body is a reoccurring theme in their art work.

You might be on to something Aaron, although mine is awfully tiny, it wouldn't hold very much oil at all. Perhaps it's an oil lamp given as a celebratory gift for a childs birth as a symbol of how important light is. Keep in mind this object was created in a world lit only by fire. Once the sun went down there were no light switches or flashlights to illuminate our lives. In my mind it is possible that this could have been a token to a newborn child.
You got me thinkin' Aaron, thanks..........


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PostSubject: Re: Help me with a mystery??   Mon Feb 06, 2012 11:35 pm

Yes, I think it could perfectly be a lamp oil, even if it is very tiny. I didn't think about iut before , but I suppose it's the best solution for the "mystery". Thank you very much, Aaron! Cool

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PostSubject: Re: Help me with a mystery??   Tue Feb 07, 2012 8:59 am

If all else fails it would hold a roll of toilet paper nicely! Wink
Good luck!




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PostSubject: Re: Help me with a mystery??   Tue Feb 07, 2012 11:22 am

your too funny


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