It seems very lovecraftian to me... there's perhaps a certain "innsmouth" vibe to it!
David beat me to it. My first impression was a mitre for the priests of the Esoteric Order of Dagon.
Stylized spiral wave form, repeated mountain shapes. Kind of makes me think Atlantis or another island nation with an ancient yet western background.
has a very Mayan or Incan feel perhaps because it is goldish,could be a tall headpiece or back of a throne.Or maybe one of those hats a bishop might wear.
The first association I got was tibetan buddhist. ;D
Wow, great comments all! While making it I was thinking Tibetan, although I really know nothing of the culture. I also saw it as the tree of life, with the curls representing leaves.
My first thought was Sumerian, but I think they were known for curly beards, not hats.
It reminds me of the masks, puppets, or other carvings from Indonesia.
My first thought was Indonesia as well, but the more I look at it I see it as being from sky people, i.e., in the mountains. The shape of the waves over the mountains below indicate a "Temple in/of the Clouds" so perhaps some lost tribe of the Andes mountains in Chile.Either that, or archaeoligists found the very first known instance of someone leaving the stone iron on an article of clothing, thus scorching the cloth, leaving this pattern, and making us re-think the daily lives of these ancient people.
Tibet. Definitely. From a culture that predates the Buddhist religion. They worship something that lives high, high in the mountains.
I'm joining in on Indonesia. The shape reminds me of the decorations on the tongue on Rangda masks. http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1421/534189657_4848b3fd7b.jpg
@Craig Ha ha! I've made a clothes iron stand!
The general look of it reminds me of the production design used for the Air Nomads in the TV show Avatar: TLA. However, if you flip it upside down, the mountains seen in this piece could be interpreted as bull-heads with horns. If looked at from this direction, however, I'd agree with Laurie.