Saturday, 16 August 2014
Realised it is a while since I showed a 'MYSTERY OBJECT'. Both of these photographs are mystery objects. I think most of you will guess the purpose for which the above small box was made. The point is - when do you think it was made, and most importantly
By the way, the inlaid stones in the lid are mother o' pearl and carnelian (I think).
Now this one really is a mystery object, and I must admit that I don't know the answer. I do know that it appears to be a piece chipped off a flint nodule a long time ago. It has then been decorated with a double line of dots and several lines cut into it, so that it resembles a beetle or 'scarab'. It is about one and three quarter inches long and just over an inch across. It came into my possession a good many years ago when I kicked it out of an ancient Suffolk trackway. I would love to know where it was made and why. All (sensible) suggestions as to its origin gratefully received.