Originally posted by Myendica
Heres a Sketch of what I see, or atleast have once seen.
It is hard looking at this stone. The colors play tricks and what you see slightly changes with light and angle.
Could this possibly be made of a fired clay, or pottery?
It's hard to tell from the pictures (wish I could see it in person,
but to me, it looked like it could be made from clay.
Recently I was reading about ancient seals that have been found in the past, and I was wondering if this could be a seal...... worn down or not
inscribed very deeply. I can't really see anything on it from the pictures, as far as an inscription, but looking at the picture you drew, it looks
like a horse, and an ANCHOR to me.
So, googling * seals with horse anchor *, I found some information that does suggest it could be a seal from the Seleucid (modern day Iraq/Iran area)
era about 200 something B.C.E. The anchor and the horse are both symbols attributed to the first two Seleucid kings, if I remember correctly.
Perhaps an agent of one of the kings was carrying this as some type of identification?
is a pdf article I found on the subject.
On page 2 of the article, there is a sample of a clay tablet stamped with some seals.
On the left side of the clay tablet there is an impression made from a seal which is the same shape as your object, and no real impression of a design
within the shape, like your object.
After doing some research on this subject, I found that the seals can be made of different materials. Some of the stated materials would be various
types of stone material, such as slate, different types of gemstone materials, bone, fired clay, clay pottery, and others.
Maybe you could have someone with some expertise in antiquities take a look at your item to see if they can figure out what it might be.
What would this item be doing in the Caribbean, if it is indeed some sort of seal from the Seleucid era?
I have read that ancient seafarers traveled all over the world.
I hope you find out what the item is.
Thank you for sharing it.
[edit on 1-8-2010 by sezsue]