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31st March 09
What are these?
Appear to be made from lapis.
Animal motifs carved on them.
Just under 2cm each.
12th August 09
Hi, I have this wonderful piece that I was told was from 1st-2nd C BC and it was a Roman officer's belt insignia. It's silver and has been cleaned by electrolysis and buffed so it would look pretty and could be worn.
Has anyone seen anything of this nature? I do believe it's ancient but have no idea if it is Roman or from some other place. I've been looking at a lot of military hardware and buckles, etc. and have found nothing that looks like this piece. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Pic is bit blurred but can't say I see anything convincingly Roman about it in it's style and design.
Pity all traces of antiquity have been removed though alternatively I guess it now looks like it did when first made and used.
14th August 09
I highly doubt that it is a belt insignia because of the hanging loop. I also doubt that it was worn by a male, especially one who might have seen battle, because of the delicate filigree design. My guess is that it was a woman's necklace bauble.
26th September 2009
Can anyone tell me what this is?
Here are the measurements : 8 1/2" High, 11" from outside-to-outside, 9" inside-to-inside at top, 7" inside-to-inside at bottom. I'm not sure, but... this may have had a bottom to it at some time.
Don't know what it's made from. I took a small piece of this pottery material (about 1/8 of a pencil eraser) in size and put it in a shot mecuric acid (swimming pool acid. It bubbled alot for the first 20-30 seconds. Then the acid slowly ate this pottery stuff away until it was half way gone. 20-30 minutes later.
Lots of interesting things being sent to me today!
This is really intriguing.
26th September 2009
I collect Taino objects.
The "writing" looks vaguely like Etruscan!
Difficult to say whether the cup itself is ancient as it's been rather cleaned up as you say.
2nd November 09
I had a few comments but these were entirely dismissive of even the vaguest possibility that this inscription could be ancient.
I suggested that Izzet contact Brian Colless at his extremely interesting website/blog
This is what he writes:
> I have been giving this inscription a close examination, and it sure
> looks like the West Semitic (Canaanite) syllabary, as distinct from
> the WS Canaanite proto-alphabet.
> This could be an indication of the Phoencians in the Atlantic Ocean in
> the Bronze Age, and explain how the Maya came to construct a syllabary just like the Canaanites had.
> I can give a reading for most of the characters but I cannot make
> sense of it, yet.
> Reading from the right I can possibly see WA NI 'wine', and it might
> be a libation vessel for wine.
Awaiting further possible news with great interest.
Brian just posted his ideas on the cup we discussed a while back.
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