I apologize for having been remiss in posting, and in addition it’s been a very long time since I have done a mystery object.
So many objects were beautifully made in the past, but today their identification is often obscure. If you know or can guess what this is, let me know in the comments. I will turn on comment moderation for this post, so if you guess correctly I will withhold your winning comment until the big reveal next week, in order to give others a chance.
This utilitarian object is made from brass, and is about five or six inches (c. 13 cm) on the long side, although these came in different sizes.
Perhaps the exact use for this object was more common in Asian countries, at least those with Chinese-inspired cultures, but somewhat similar objects were made elsewhere. They are still made today, both the Asian and non-Asian types.
Good Luck. I look forward to seeing your responses.
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