Interesting thoughts; thank you, one and all.
An off-forum pal & I have been kicking some ideas around.
My own guesses have evolved, so to speak, to settle on:
- the large roundish object in the foreground is a loaf of bread, and
- the press is an olive or wine press, and
- the rightmost cherub is pouring something (perhaps olive oil, perhaps honey) on the bread, and
- the center / rearmost cherub is splitting, uh, dunno.
And to think that whatever we are looking at would have been obvious to the first owner of the note!
Q/ Anybody else see a loaf of bread?
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