So What’s the Weird Thing Under the William Lloyd Garrison Statue?

On Commonwealth Mall, there’s a memorial to William Lloyd Garrison. It’s the usual thing for a ‘man of letters’:

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Very Serious! From the side:

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Even some nice touches, like this fallen sheaf of papers:

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But what the hell is this thing?

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It’s like a submerged cannonball under his butt.

Any ideas?

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2 Responses to So What’s the Weird Thing Under the William Lloyd Garrison Statue?

  1. Canalon says:

    The bottom part definitely look like an old style ink bottle. It would have contained quills (real or metal), and there are things that look broken protruding from the neck. But the shape is weird for quills though…. So I am not sure about that, but it would fit with the rest of the statue.

  2. VanRyswyck says:

    “things that look broken protruding from the neck”
    Might be a little lever attached to the lid, quite common on the somewhat more luxurious types of inkpots.

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