This week I have an object for you that one of my colleagues in Anthropology asked me to check the identification of:
Any ideas what bone this is made from and, more of a challenge, what the function of this worked object might have been in its culture of origin?
As usual you can leave your questions, observations and suggestions in the comments box below. Have fun!
I hate dipping my piggy toe into cultural things I have a nose for. It looks like I’m blowing my own trumpet (or very similar).
I like where you’re going with this, but nope – the bone’s not pig and it’s not a nose flute. Great suggestions though!
I’m wondering if it’s not a weaving comb to settle the weft in place? It looks a bit wide, but that’s my guess.
Something I never even considered – I will now have to start researching weaving combs! It’s not one of them though…
I wonder if it’s for carding/combing wool, possibly from Catal huyuk; could it be sheep or goat?
It’s not documented as being a comb and it’s not from Turkey, but you could be in the right region in terms of the animal it comes from!
Some form of calendar?
So, unfused ungulate metapodial, maybe a little deer. Scored and snapped. Looks like a handle for something?
Or a needle case? I lean away from that only as it isn’t decorated all the way around. Forgive me, I’m an archaeologist and not a real faunal expert.
The first thing that came to mind was a scapula because of the flare but I’m not sure what animal. Maybe Polynesian?
Definitely ununfused ungulate canon bone. I’m thinking it is a little broad for deer, but I’m at my desk and not in the museum. I would like to see what the proximal end looks like.
Distal portion of an artiodactyl metacarpal, juvenile…possibly deer
An awl maybe?
Is it mouflon bone?
If it is not a shamanic (ideotechnic) related or hunting magic-related object, then perhaps it is a very detailed geometrically carved gaming-relating magical piece.