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Posted 10 months ago

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bbriley
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Elaborately carved wooden object, almost certainly, utilitarian or ritualistic? Measures 4 ft. x 18"(not incl. iron hooks). Made of Ash(fraxinus). Would've had straps/ropes running in several different directions from and through the various slots and holes. The top(narrow edge, looking down)has small plugs of wood holding some kind of fiber/animal hair that were possibly longer tassels. The side with pentagrams is dark/oily(human?animal?oils)and worn.
Looking for any info. Possible origin, ethnicity, culture, use, etc.
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  1. kyratango kyratango, 10 months ago
    Makes me think of a kind of yoke (part of???).
    Very interesting!
  2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 10 months ago
    The 2 large holes toward the centre appear to be for arms or hands. Kyra. this is no time to be yoking around.
  3. bbriley, 10 months ago
    This has been my thought for years. I have tried "wearing" this in different ways. I also think that this may have been used in ritual ceremony, sacrifice or punishment. My best guess on origin(from studying the carved symbols/iconography), is Balkans or Baltic States???
  4. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 10 months ago
    interesting piece. keep us posted if you learn anything new about it.

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