Simply put, copper, bronze etc cannot last that long in the sea. Nor would it be so perfectly shaped without some erosion over what 500-10, 000 years
even if it was land based. It's grooves are still quite formed with no softening or rubbing down. The conditions for land based would have to have
been purely arid and air locked to keep it this good. No metal would survive like that without some wear down on the surface, not just oxidation.
It would have oxidized differently to that, near crumbling blueish/white/green, I'd say there is a copper in there. It could be a folded metal if its
This object CAN be dated as it has oxidation. If it hasn't been dated by a certified museum (not ma and pas' chintz and glitz from Atlantis museum )
then its the owner pulling your leg.
Also the metals, can be traced by region, down to mine. This work can be done unequivocally.
The museum can also look at the technique used to make it, the type of tools can be ascertained.
It has a mix of styles, classical Mediterranean with possibly arabic or asian natural winds/or spirit symbols,Id say there is a face with wind behind
it, which is Asian. However they don't go together usually. So either new to made to look old ( can be done, and they didn't take into
consideration that wear needed to come in not just oxidization ) and mish mashed their symbols, or indeed it is from Atlantis
Or it could just be a few hundred years old, post colonialism, where different styles became combined in art work and in fact quite popular.
I would not give this object more than 500 years. Though without touching it, and annalysing it, I have no idea, its safe to say it could be
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