As a point of reference, this entire thing is about three inches tall and has a hole in it. So, any question of “why was this made” or “what is it for” should be framed with that in mind. On the plus side, “where do we keep it?” isn’t an issue.
Theory #1: Birdbath, 1/50 scale.
Probably not. You could of course have water bubbling merrily out the top, and then it would fill the basin with water and the tiny, tiny birds could splash about if they really wanted to (and a magnifying glass helps here). But then you have to make sense of the GIANT GAPING HOLE in the side. Also, the entire thing is apparently covered with a slime of radioactive glow-mold.
Theory #2: A very small Mayan god.
Or maybe a tiny devotional object from some culture that venerates elephants. If by venerates you mean “dumps paint on their head and staples their tails to their feet.” So a very specific sort of veneration (again, if there are elephants, and that really is the universal question. Ask it before a date. Or at a job interview. “Are there elephants? Because I have this tiny pot.”)
Theory #3: Seagull by-product containment vessel
Maybe we could phrase this differently. This implies that there is either a seagull product, or that seagulls are themselves products, both of which are false. And while the delicate patina of…something, kind of pale, a bit too runny…does have a festive “avian on a low-fiber diet” thing happening, it is, obviously, far, far too small for that purpose.
Theory #4: High school ceramics project.
There we go. We broadly assume the class was taken pass/fail.
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