I must say, i am yet nor 100%sure about if the artifact is upside down or not, even after the official explanation...
After analise the "Brazier" explanation, IMHO, the person still can be doing a wrong racionalization about the possible use of the artifact.
Some one have sayed before in this topic, it could be a kind of Bell, i start to belive that. Not a bell to putt on a temple roof, or hanging, but a
"temple Hand bell"!
I belive this moustly because i do not belive in coicidences... and "something" that when "upside down" looks like a perfect Bull head...canot be
If this is the case,and it is a very commun thing to see in many type of bells from several diferent coltures, the artifact in the foto it will be in
it's "rest position" (Upside down), but when in use, some one will grab it in the right position, to play it.
Also if it have vestige of carbonization or carbon in it, it is not very clear for nothing absolute also, because if it was used in a temple...for
exemple, with the use, in some years, it will have carbon particles due the normal use of fire, candles,torches, incense, ect, that was normal in any
The Carbon could also result from a fire in the sunked ship where the artifact was transported!In fact it was very possible that the ship was atacked
by some kind of sea riders, or pirates, and have sunked exactly because of a major fire.
Althou, i think i will not get nothing for sure in the internet, i have tryed so many searches...i will try my public library here, in my spare time,
and consult some exelent art books to see if i find a similar object. It must exist more of them some where!!
I hope you can understend me, extremly hard to me to try to write in english, sorry for that.
[edit on 28/9/08 by Umbra Sideralis]