So, when Mickie (see comments from the Feb. 18th post)
suggested the mystery object in my new reliquary doll box
was a wooden masher (pestle) from a cone shaped colander...
I "Googled" it and this is one of the images that came up!
Yay!!! Thank you Mickie...
And you are correct; the symbolism is perfect as well:
"But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show us
that this all-surpassing power is from God and not us.
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed;
perplexed, but not in despair."
(2. Corinthians 4:7-8, NIV)