Ok, my 2 cents now...
First i agree to the object to be upside down!
Second: In the sector where we can see something similar to a cow head, we can see the classical greek motive filling all the background of the
motive. If we try to find a relation between this 2 things, one cames to my mind right away... Minoic Art, ancient Greeks, King Minos period, Crete!
The bull head: Minoic culture prized the bull,(For some weird reazon it looks they prize the Sun in the personification of a Bull) and they have even
the Minotaurus legend and his maze.
The greek classical motive it's designed in a "mazed" continous way in the background, and it could represent the Minotaur' maze, and the bull
head could be the Minotaur 's head and at the same time the Divine Bull, The Sun!
What many people see as a "flame" or a Lilly"...i am sorry if this will shock you, but following the minoic traditions, it could be the artistic
representation of a female Vulva!!
The 2 heads looks to me 2 women, representing the classical Virgins often offered to the Bulls.
In minoic tradition, times to times, in especial seasons of the year, virgin women was sacrified to bulls in a horrid show. Almoust always they bull
was allowed to rape the woman wildly, resulting in her death.
The girls chosed to this offering must be "at that part of the month, bleeding"(sorry i don´t know how to say this in english), and was tied with
ropes to a small kind of low wood table.Or directly tied to the bull's belly.
And the Bull must be in the rutting (rut) period, to be able to react to the smell of the woman bleeding vulva.
summaring, all the process is quite disturbing and barbaric. You can find some good detailed info about the ritual in many books. Not sure about the
Thats my idea...Minoic art, and almoust certain the object will be used for some "dark" propouse related to Bulls, or womans,or related to some bull
temple, or arena.
The ancient greek metalsmiths was knowed also by they'r "experiments" with some ores, trying to get metals with weird or especial phisycal
properties. That can be the reason why the artifact material is hard to classifiy.
(sorry for my bad English Grammar)
P.S.- I am sorry, i am trying to search for Minoic art images, but im having a hard time. So few things about the minoic art period in images
If i find something of interest i will post here.
[edit on 24/9/08 by Umbra Sideralis]