What is the Mysterious Handbag Seen in Ancient Carvings Across Cultures and Countries?
The many instances of this symbol seem to confirm the use of a handbag as a cosmological symbol represented as a commonplace household item (a basket that is, not the handbag) so as to be better understood by ordinary people.
Top image: Assyrian relief carving, 883 – 859 BC. Metropolitan Museum of Art .
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