Mining Nose Gold

Today I report another startling new discovery: the earliest evidence (to my knowledge) of nose-picking. This is an Old Babylonian votive statue (ca. 1760 BCE) in the Louvre, which is said to have been found at Larsa. While that provenance is of dubious value, the iconography speaks for itself:

Old Babylonian Votive Statue, ca. 1760 BCE. Bronze, gold and silver; H. 19.6 cm. Louvre AO 15704.