Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Nose Knows, or Does It?

Sorry about the lack of a Monday Rambles for this week.  I'll be sure to have one for nest week.  Last week was sooooooo busy that I just did not have time to take notes like I usually do for that post.  This week should be much calmer.

In the meantime,  maybe you can help me with a mystery.  What are these?



They're made out of stone and very heavy.  The question is, why would anyone make noses out of stone?  What are they supposed to represent?



I thought they might  be some kind of tiki thing, but they're marked "Made in Kenya" on the bottom.  I don't recall a tiki tradition in Kenya.  Googling "Kenya stone noses" gets me nowhere.  "Kenya stone carvings" brings up a lot of sites, but I can't find a match and much of it is soapstone, which this most definitely is not.

Thoughts?  Ideas?  Suggestions?

5 comments:

We are: clamco said...

Eddie, I found something similar here:
http://www.tenthousandvillages.ca/cgi-bin/category.cgi?item=6800048&category=M_1830

Barbara Gates said...

They look like bookends to me, although who would want bookends that look like noses? Love your blog, btw!

Shara said...

I bought a wooden on like this a while back and I still haven't figured out what it is! It is teak, so I bought it.

EM said...

Clamco: By Jove, I think you've got it! You're awesome! Thanks!

Barbara: Thanks for the comment. I think nose bookends would be kind of cool, if a bit kooky. But the way the base sticks out at the bottom on these would make the books lean.

Shara: Now we know!

Shara said...

Yeah Clamco! Now we NOSE!