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Hey everyone! I could use your help....

I've been trying to figure out what this artifact is. Would you happen to have a clue as to what it could be? Have you encountered anything similar? What culture does this come from? Some suggestions I've gotten are shower head and watering can spout. I would love to see your insight on such an item. Thanks!

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The first and third look like pieces from the floor of  a wood fired kiln, that is an uprigth cylinder form in places like Toro, Spain. These pieces lay on the main support spokes and create support for the pots..is it about 14" in diameter?

 

Second could be a caracole for raising snails missing the bottom,  or could be for draining cheese.

 

Marcia

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Do the various pieces go together or are they separate items?

 

The first and the last look like frogs. You place them in a pot and use them to hold flowers up for a floral arrangement.mgoogle ceramic floral frog and see if you agree.

 

T

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What was the context in which they were found?  That can tell as much about the objects as the objects themselves.

 

The "shower head" looking one looks like it was meant to stand nozzle side down, as that side is unglazed--at least, that's how it was meant to be in the kiln.

 

The second from the left looks like the lid from an Asian style censer, but we'd have to get a better look to say for sure.

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It is just one object. Notice the "95" tag. Why do you call it an artifact? Because you know more than just the pictures, so that information would be helpful...

It doesn't look ancient to me, it looks very even and modern.

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The pictures are from the same artifact- just various views.

 

This artifact comes from the Honolulu Iron Works archaeological site. It's a historical artifact. The top and inside are glazed while the perforated side is not. Other than this, I really have no other information about it =/

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The first and third look like pieces from the floor of  a wood fired kiln, that is an uprigth cylinder form in places like Toro, Spain. These pieces lay on the main support spokes and create support for the pots..is it about 14" in diameter?

 

Second could be a caracole for raising snails missing the bottom,  or could be for draining cheese.

 

Marcia

Do you  have any pictures or examples of the kiln you are talking about? These are all pictures of the same item.

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Do the various pieces go together or are they separate items?

 

The first and the last look like frogs. You place them in a pot and use them to hold flowers up for a floral arrangement.mgoogle ceramic floral frog and see if you agree.

 

T

If this were true, why would the base narrow to one small opening/hole? Also, why would the body be so shallow? It doesn't make sense =/

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Is it high-fired or earthenware?  If earthenware it would be (more) absorbent on the face, could that help with getting a spray rather than drips?

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Ah! I see now - the second picture is the camera lens looking straight down the central hole, seeing some of the smaller holes on the flat side from the inside, with the rest of the picture around the large hole, being the domed, glazed surface. It's like one of those black and white optical illusions - once you can see it, you wonder why you couldn't do so previously!

 

Some kind of pomander? Large pieces of something aromatic put inside through large hole, heated from underside (reason not glazed)??? Really just speculating here.

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