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This bowl in a grey, slightly burnished fabric, is just over 5 inches across. The general style, rather like Achaemenid metal-work suggests a similar origin.
The very interesting thing about this piece is the fact that when I picked it up and turned it over.......
........something rattled inside!
A light sound, rather like whooshing sand in a closed vessel.
So I had it X-rayed!
What do you make of this?
Are these small lumps of clay which have over time been worn into small spheres?
Or was whatever there is inside, deliberately placed into a space between the floor of the bowl and the base?
Is it possibly a fertility rattle?
Ben W thought perhaps it is; the floral motif being associated with fertility.
Would be very interested to know what you think.
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