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"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

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Donna Baker

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

What?


Anyone have a guess about what this is?  

It is old, made of pottery and has some numbers on the bottom.  Looks like an old Druid to me.
About 8-9 inches tall, my guess is that it is an old chess piece.

35 comments:

  1. Kind of has the bishop look from many statues I saw overseas.The top does look like it is a grip

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    1. I guess long ago the tables were so large that they had big chess pieces?

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  2. I agree. A druid or some other religious figure.

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    1. Bought it at a flea market. Shelf sitter. Afraid I'd never see it again if I put it in my booth.

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  3. I'm thinking garden sprite. Chess in the garden. Sure is cool!

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  4. I thought immediately that it was one of the three wise men/kings? (-not like I know much about that stuff, but that was my initial reaction.) -very cool piece!

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    1. Never crossed my mind Bea. Wonder when they started the tradition of nativities?

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  5. Yes I agree - the king by the look of it.

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    1. I hoped that my British friends would know Pat.

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  6. At first I thought a wedding gown..and then I saw the face..and hat..so yes a bishop of sorts?
    Neat..you find the neatest things.

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    1. Shelf sitters Monique. I'd put it in my booth, but would never see it again. :( If you only knew the things I've purchased. I'd be a wealthy woman if I had all the money spent.

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  7. I am a nut..it would be in my garden:) Amidst something regal ♥

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    1. I thought about that, but I don't know if it has been 'baked' or would melt into oblivion.

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  8. I can't imagine what it could be, where do you find it? Sarah x

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    1. At an antiques show. They didn't know what it was either. I like all things old and at the time, it spoke to me.

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  9. I like his face. Wisdom - and mystery.

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    1. It is a mystery because I just googled antique chess pieces and didn't see one like it.

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  10. Looks a lot like St. Romulus of Genoa (? – 641)

    Romulus was an early Bishop of Genoa, around the time of Saint Syrus. His dates are uncertain: since traditional lists compiled from local liturgies generally place his bishopric fourth in a largely legendary list. He fled from Genoa and never returned. He died in the cave he inhabited at Villa Matutiæ, a town on the Italian Riviera which later adopted his name, becoming "San Remo" (from 15th century until the first half of the 20th century), and then later Sanremo.

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    1. OMG Jo, I'll have to look up Italian pieces. I was only looking at English things.

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  11. Well, it looks like a bishop to me.

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    1. I never played chess in my life. Kind of wish I'd have learned long ago.

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  12. Hmmmmm.....I would say a Wise Man.... But, I love him! Such a wise, yet unassuming face. It could be so many things and that is what I like best.

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  13. It looks like a Russian Orthodox priest to me - maybe a Patriarch? As to the use - does it have to have one?

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    1. I was thinking the same thing last night Tom. He does look just like one. Maybe even an orthodox Greek priest. I don't have to know what it is, just would like to know. It might be worth a million billion dollars.

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  14. I don't think it was a chess piece. definitely some sort of religious icon. people just had those things sitting around. sort of like having a picture of Jesus hanging on your wall.

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  15. Have a great Wednesday, Donna.

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  16. Donna, I am so far behind on my blog visiting. Perhaps under the influence of recent news watching here, I'd guess that the pottery figure has Eastern Orthodox church connections...possibly even...Russian.

    xo

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    1. I think you're right Frances. And, I am watching Anderson Cooper as I am typing. Crazy is the new normal. I always wondered how the younger generation was going to manage. Sad thing is, it is our generation in deep now. I guess dementia has set in cause Lyin' Donald can't keep his stories straight. I guess next he's going to call them fake lies.

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  17. Definitely a Druid. Ok it's on my mind as I just read a Bernard Cornwell book titled Stonhenge...:)

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    1. That is good to know. I still think it is a chess piece.

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