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Originally posted by Marked One
Whatever it is? Wherever it is from? I WANT it.
Seriously. Try going to this website: "www.beforeus.com"
The person running it is Jonathon Gray. Archaeologist. E-mail him and he should give you some good fair answers.
Originally posted by Anonymous ATS
Why don't you send the pictures to sotheby's in New York?
I've had a few artifacts of mine assessed by them- their the best of the best and are very open minded and prompt in their responses.
Just a thought!
Originally posted by Skyfloating
reply to post by undo
Real pieces look fake, fake pieces look real...I dont know by which standards we can make such a judgement. To me it has a really real feel to it
I suspect if it is a lantern/ flame holder the keys on its side may hold a clue. If it were designed to hang in the air you would expect to see three sets of "keys", as only two would allow the torch to flip over. three would steady it. This item only has two so I would suspect they are pivot points where the torch slips into pins or dowels or even tied in place and at the bottom of the container is a bar or wooden slat to keep it from tipping...
I am only guessing but they look more like middle Eastern origin to me - the calligraphy looks like it might be Persian and I have not seen that shape in Asian antiques.