What is the Mysterious Handbag Seen in Ancient Carvings Across Cultures and Countries?

What is the Mysterious Handbag Seen in Ancient Carvings Across Cultures and Countries?

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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 .

By Kerry Sullivan


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I believe it is just what it is...a useful handbag, not a religious symbol...BUT did you notice the WATCH on the left wrist of one, and the right wrist of the other!!! What a sight!!! More important than the handbag!! Also not a religious symbol!

I have seen these images hundreds of times and never noticed the watches! What a very significant observation! Prestigious time travelers sporting Gucci Handbags and Patek Philippe Watches???

Have these been photoshopped? If not this is incredible!

all the answers to what they had, wore and how they did things is simplistic.
No watches.

Sure...go ahead and mess up a fun concept. Then why are there 12 lines on these bracelets?

No...I counted 16 on one and 15 on the other I think. lol

OK... Count the lines...on the "Watches"
12 for hours dividing the day into 12...
then the moving arms on watch:
two for hours/one for minutes =
15 lines on watch...


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