Atlantis being one of my strongest interests, I had to post my oppinions.
The things striking to me, besides size shape and colour, is the symmetry.
Now the REALLY striking things are pictures!
The square spirals, a bird, and what appears to be Fleur-de-lise.
I'll start with the Fluer (taken from wiki)
...The use for ornamental or symbolic purposes of the stylised flower usually called fleur de lis is common to all eras and all civilizations.
It is an essentially graphic theme found on Mesopotamian cylinders, Egyptian bas-reliefs, Mycenean potteries...
Mycenean POTTERIES, and that artifact sure looks like a pottery.
Mycenae is not far from the Saronic Gulf, which leads to the Aegean Sea.
For those not familiar, In ancient times the sea was the birthplace of two ancient civilizations – the Minoans of Crete and Mycenean!
Who influenced them to make pottery and who influenced them to use the fluer...? The symbol itself, no one can say where it came from.
I'd like to say at this point Atlantis.
Now, the square spirals.
I'm sure you all see the resemblance to Mayan styles, well here's a quick fact:
The earliest known Mayan settlements were on the Pacific Coast.
Earliest known characturists of them was POTTERY.
Now I admit, I am imaginative and hopeful, but just by going by symbol, and the object itself, it goes back to ancient civilizations. Not just any
civilizations, ones that no one knows by whom they were influenced, and both of those civilizations were near the sea, and known for similar works.
Farfetched sure, but it's my initial thoughts.
Unfortunately for the bird I can't think of anything. But whatever the case may be, this is one cool artifact!
[edit on 24-9-2008 by JBGrimm]