Help me identify this possibly antique carved bone object I just bought.
So one of my hobbies is buying and very occasionally selling weird things I come across in my travels. I am interested in folk art/handmade stuff and I just found this thing and have no idea what it is but it was cheap so I bought it. First view
What I can tell you about it. I bought it from a store in Montana, they know nothing of where it came from. It is small, maybe 4 inches tall. Wood base with two pegs that hold the top to the wood, one peg is missing. I believe the white part is bone, I tested it with a red hot heated nail and was greeted by an acrid smell (think dental drill - not burning plastic) the nail did not even make a dent.
One of the carved figures on one side has a hole in the crotch all the way through the bone. That makes me wonder if it was hand carved or not. Because it is a pretty fine hole not sure if that can be done without an electric drill. The figures look vaguely familiar to me but I can't place them. No idea on the age. It looks old but I know that can be faked. Only thing that makes me think it is actually old is the condition of the wood where the peg meets the bone.
It looks like a candle holder, I can't really think of any other uses but I've been wrong before.
So any thoughts? Is it a tourist trinket? Weird voodoo folk art thing? Happy to hear any guesses educated or otherwise as my google searching has proved fruitless.