Thanks Roy for getting involved with your time trying to figure it out. I myself do that a lot when someone posts a mysterious object. Once in awhile I am able to solve it which is very satisfying and I am a good researcher because I sell on ebay now for 23 years but this bottle still eludes me. When you hold it in your hands in person, it is a strange bottle and looks ancient. I have found nothing after long searches using every descriptive word I could think of. Take care, markYou certainly have my curiosity going...
I spent quite a while looking online for anything even slightly similar to that piece of yours and I find nothing at all like it. Maybe its one of a kind.
I hope someone can identify it.
I saw you mentioned the Olmecs, this is the stone mask I found last summer at a yard for $1 and it probably dates to 1500-2500 years old.A smaller chance but perhaps an early battery jar. They can be crude looking too.
..Hey Roy, I didn't know the Olmecs made it to greater Waterbury. As Lisa from the Simpsons used to say, "Toltecs, not Olmecs." --CONGRATS ON YOUR FINDS.
Thanks for your imput. I saw a few with this coloring of stone when searching. I know 2 brothers were down in Mexico in the 1920's and were selling stone faces to tourists and telling them they found them when plowing fields. Usually the fakes were much bigger trying to be claimed to be funeral masks. The ones this size were supposed to be worn as pendants. This mask does have the same kind of grit in the cut away areas like I saw on the real ones. I like my story better than yours but you sound like you have the knowledge and I certainly don't in this field.Nice mask. (Now we all know where the phrase "Old stone face" might have come from. ) The masks usually were for a ceremonial purpose. This guy may have been a guard to the underworld by the stern look he has, but, who knows? One thing, he certainly isn't Olmec and neither is that temple. The stone he is made from may be more telling. Might be a marble type like alabaster, with some jadeite veins. [Putting him in front of a famous Central American edifice not from his neck of the woods is well intended but nah.] Couldn't help but notice the changing color in your 4 pics too. Interesting. So are the eye slits. They don't look hand worked but rather made in one movement, possibly by machine. ..All in all you got more than your money's worth and a story to tell. I'd go to your local college and see an ancient history prof for verification and more details. Good luck. BTW, a belated welcome to our online club.