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Slinger mosaic from Petra...anyone seen this?
Sep 8th, 2012 at 11:42pm
 
Mosaic form Petra...looks like  slinger with shot-pouch, spear, falcon and backpack to me...what do you guys think?

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a205/amandaharrop/slingmosaic.jpgt=1347154067
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Re: Slinger mosaic from Petra...anyone seen this?
Reply #1 - Sep 9th, 2012 at 2:47am
 
I would say he is carrying either a flagpole or a pike, using a socket attached to a belt. He has a neck pouch and two javelins. I don't think he is a slinger.
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Re: Slinger mosaic from Petra...anyone seen this?
Reply #2 - Sep 9th, 2012 at 1:44pm
 
David Morningstar wrote on Sep 9th, 2012 at 2:47am:
I would say he is carrying either a flagpole or a pike, using a socket attached to a belt. He has a neck pouch and two javelins. I don't think he is a slinger.

same here.
plus that looks more like a lyre or similiar musical instrument on his back. And a pigeon or dove on his shoulder.
I suspect there's a whole lot of symbolism going on here that we just don't understand.

If you stand about 6 feet back from the computer screen it's a lot clearer.

What era roman is he ?
If he's from the holy roman era could well be a depiction of a saint with the things symbolising his miracles or the deeds he was known for.
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Re: Slinger mosaic from Petra...anyone seen this?
Reply #3 - Sep 25th, 2012 at 4:12am
 
Can't see it!!! Huh
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Re: Slinger mosaic from Petra...anyone seen this?
Reply #4 - Sep 25th, 2012 at 2:33pm
 
here it is - enlarged a bit and I've upped the contrast so it's a bit clearer.

It still helps to disply it full screen and take a few steps back from the screen.

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Reply #5 - Sep 25th, 2012 at 8:03pm
 
Is this not a bird-catcher ? Cage, lure, spear (?), javelins (?). Not a pole in a socket, but I think just the edge on the tunic.

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Reply #6 - Sep 26th, 2012 at 2:09am
 
Bird, tree, pole, cage, cord (prepared with birdlime maybe?). Birdcatcher sounds very probable. An antique Papageno, so to speak.

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Reply #7 - Sep 26th, 2012 at 6:48am
 
Yes, that's what I was thinking of-- in French it's called "gluaux", these sort of sticks with glue (or rather bird lime) to catch birds. Google gives me "lime sticks", which is rather boring.

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Re: Slinger mosaic from Petra...anyone seen this?
Reply #8 - Sep 26th, 2012 at 7:29am
 
"Leimrute" ("lime rod") in German.
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Re: Slinger mosaic from Petra...anyone seen this?
Reply #9 - Sep 26th, 2012 at 11:01am
 
that would make sense, then the thing on his back would be a cage to hold the captured birds.
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Re: Slinger mosaic from Petra...anyone seen this?
Reply #10 - Sep 26th, 2012 at 1:38pm
 
Yes, that's what I was thinking
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