posted on Sep, 23 2008 @ 08:37 PM
First, I think it is upside down.
Second, the background seems to be a "greek key" motif, or a modified "greek key".
Third, since I think it is upside down, it looks to be a pedestal of some kind.
Dating it....don't know since we don't know what it is made of, whether it has any hallmarks, etc.
I doubt it is that old, though....looks to be in rather good condition.
[edit on 9/23/2008 by skeptic1]