Thursday, May 7, 2015

A Weird Little Thing

This bronze object, a tripod with a movable stork's head on top, dates to 1500 to 1200 BCE. The eyes are carnelian. Bulgarian archaeologists recently claimed that it is the oldest children's toy ever found in Europe, but would you let your child play with it? I don't think it has any better claim to being a toy than thousands of other figurines. Sure is weird, though.

1 comment:

Katya said...

No way does that thing look like a toy.

Unless you want also to claim that the people who made it were idiots who didn't have enough sense to have familiarity with the eternal phrase of parenting, "Put that thing down! You're going to poke your eyes out!"