Mystery Artifact

Maybe the combined brainpower of WU can solve this mystery.
     Posted By: Paul - Fri Apr 19, 2013
     Category: Ambiguity, Uncertainty and Deliberate Obscurity | Regionalism | Technology | Archaeology

I've got no idea what it is but, after extensive searching, I've found a song dedicated to it.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 04/19/13 at 09:58 AM
Its Thor's dreidle
Posted by RayLcc on 04/19/13 at 11:15 AM
Actually, I think THIS is the correct link for the song:

It looks like an original "concentration" game - you know, where you have to remove the round plastic pieces one at a time until the thing explodes? It had a cruel little buzzer going the whole time...
Posted by Greg on 04/19/13 at 11:31 AM
The sole toe piece remaining of Paul Bunyan's shoe tree.
Posted by KDP on 04/19/13 at 12:50 PM
Was it excavated or did it fall from the sky? What geological region was is found in? Has there been any C14 dating performed? Can't even venture a guess until we know where and how it was found and how old it is. But until then, I like the Thors Dreidel theory.
Posted by EvilSpaceLordMang on 04/19/13 at 01:01 PM
I'm think a dice board of some type. The handle for passing it around a circle. (or for shaking it.) Casting bones.
Posted by Dan the Man on 04/19/13 at 01:18 PM
It's prime evidence the museum staff should be fired for total incompetence!

It's a homemade/folk art decorative finial. Probably once adorned a large cabinet or maybe even the altar in the local church.

The requirements for getting a job at that museum must be really, really lax.
Posted by Phideaux on 04/19/13 at 01:19 PM
Perhaps it's a food warming dish. Maybe it used to be filled with some insulative material that has long since dissolved. Kept the meat dish hot for the chief or whatever.
Has anyone tried hitting it with a stick or something to see if it has any musical qualities? Maybe it was the first acoustic guitar and someone cut the neck off.
Posted by Dan the Man on 04/19/13 at 02:18 PM
Looks like a mold, pour the liquid in the pipe on the left side, let it set up then open it and take out the item.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 04/19/13 at 06:24 PM
Or not, I didn't watch the clip first, its not sealed to hold fluid. Oh well, I don't know then.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 04/19/13 at 06:29 PM
My wife says it's a rug beater.

I'm looking at the prototype invasion ship that that can hold men inside and can flip either way in a storm. Armored to the teeth. Hydraulic propulsion from the aft tube.
One thing is for certain, it isn't a functional tool. It's art or gaming.
Posted by Dan the Man on 04/20/13 at 02:43 AM
Proof that the Eskimo Pie was invented by North American beavers?

You've heard of "Roach Motels"? This is a "Termite Condominium."
Posted by tadchem on 04/22/13 at 05:36 AM
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