Sometime last year, a person I was working with at the time said he found this statue at a store that sells items that have been donated and antiques (thrift store?). The statue had been on sale for maybe 5 years, or somewhere around that amount of time, and had been moved into the back of the store because no one wanted to buy it. I think, if I recall correctly, it was dropped off by someone. This person that I worked with ended up buying it and taking it home. Vaguely knowing some of my interests, I was asked if I could help try to figure out the origins of the statue, if it is anything significant or just an artistic creation not based on anything in particular.
I tried to research it, but came up with nothing, and more importantly I don't even know where to start with this thing. It is about 6 feet tall or so, has red eyes gazing downward, holds a golden ball in the right hand between thumb, index and middle fingers with palm facing up. The left hand faces downward as you can see. It also has a symbol in between the eyes which I am familiar with but do not know what it is called.
I did not get a look at the feet, but I was told that underneath the feet there are some markings. Maybe just an artist's signature, but I was never sent the pictures of the markings.
I'm sure there are people here that possibly have some clues or outright know what this is as I have zero experience with this sort of thing in general. Any suggestions of what or where to research? What are the origins of this statue? The "skull and crossbones" necklace is not a part of the statue.
Please excuse my very limited picture editing skills and for the obnoxious sizing.
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