Very interesting object. Atlantian sounds exciting but hard to verify I’m afraid.
From the picture it seems the object is about 70 – 80 cm high. Is that right?
Does it have a number, a letter or a sign under the foot?
At 1st sight it looks like an umbrella-can or a grave decoration.
It seems to be a vase-like object made of bronze and copper.
(to compare the color: Google Carl Sorensen, he made metalwares on the early 1900’S “ Arts & Craft Movement)
The green color seems to be oxidised bronze. The cubic ‘swirls’ (meander-style) are often used in (old) Chinese art. Also in Roman (Etruria:
Villanova-periode (900-675 BC, they were known for their work / craft with metals). Their geometric symbols were influenced by the far East.
Where the Mayans picked it up I dunno. Their civilisation was between 400 – 1100 AC.
The swirl-symbol is also used in Oceania. (like Samoa and other islands in that area)
The yellow copper decorations looks like an Arabesque symbols (the top) and in the middle part it looks like a dragon face or Medusa face. Or who
knows a Neptune face
The both ornaments on both sides look typical Chinese decorations to me.
On the top were there are ‘ openings’ in the object, I've never seen something like this on a vase. But maybe it could be a Temple decoration for
At 2nd sight it seems quite symmetric and I thought of Art Deco – style. But never seen Art Deco with Arabic / Chinese decoration.
Hope you will find somebody who can tell you (your friend) what it is.
I did sent an email to 2 ppl. (Mrs. Zilverberg (Archeologist & metal expert) and Mr. Beekhuizen (metalware expert) hope they can / will tell something
more about the object.
I'll get back to ya as soon as I hear summin.
[edit on 9/24/2008 by Melyanna Tengwesta]