Religious Crucifix Stands [made in Germany]

BLESSED IF I KNOW

In May 2001 I found the following on a trading table at The Malvern Bottle Show.
No-one seemed to know what it was. For quite some time we thought it might be a cover for pests [eg. cockroaches]

In the center of the oval are the words - "ECCE HOMO"
Finally I googled "Skull & Crossbones", and found the following:
SKULL AND CROSSBONES: A skull and usually two bones crossed, as in this example, were placed on the foot of crosses or on the ground nearby in crucifixion scenes. The legend is that Golgotha, the place of the skull, is where the first man, Adam (Hebrew for "man") was buried. The blood of Christ, the second Adam, saved the first Adam as well as mankind. According to John Chrysostom, Homily on the Word Cemetary, "Mary took the place of Eve; the tree of the Cross took the place of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; the death of Jesus Christ took the place of that of Adam. Thus was the devil defeated by the very instruments of his victory." Besides the skull and crossbones, crucifixion scenes show the body of Adam (or his skeleton) underneath the cross. Schiller attributes the use of Adam to Romans 5:12-19
and to I Corinthians 15:22-23 (NJB), "Just as all men die in Adam, so will all men be brought to life in Christ." Quenot, 170-71; Schiller, 130-133.
"The familiar skull and crossbones sign has long been used to warn the unwary of poison and other dangers which, if ignored, could lead to death.
It was also a favorite symbol on Christian graves to show a joyous liberation from the flesh and to serve as a warning to sinners of the vanity and brevity of earthly life."
"SKULL AND CROSSBONES: The origins of the ubiquitous skull and crossed bones symbol are unclear.
The symbol itself is quite old, and appears as a funerary symbol in christian catacombs.
In the middle ages, it was a common tombstone decoration, and appeared in many "memento mori," illustrative reminders of mortality."
"SKULL AND CROSSBONES: Many have seen the skull and crossbones on tombs and graves.
There is a skull and crossbones image on the tomb of Anne of Cleves in Westminster Abbey.
There is splendid skull and crossbones on a 16th-century gravestone in Durness churchyard in Sutherland,
one on a gravestone in Kirkham in Lancashire, and a skull and crossbones at St Thomasís Church, Lymington, Hampshire.
The carved representation of a Skull and Crossbones at the entrance to some of the old disused churchyards in the City,
is indicative of the burial-place of the early victims of the Great Plague of London. "
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1709 Headstone
Old Cemetery Boston
"Catacomb Case: Set consists of 2 removable ends, one end has a skull and crossbones on it, the other end a demon's head.
Once one end has been removed, a drawer can be extracted inside which can be placed treasure, human remains, magic books and spells or any of the smaller monsters.
Any number can be added together to construct walls of crypts."
Note: I've just searched google for 'catacombe case' and reckon they are modern - but I love the last sentence - a wall of crypts !!

Google also had the following images, which indicate the importance of religion in Germany and surrounding countries.

But - It still didn't answer the questions about my treasure:
WHY IS IT HOLLOW UNDERNEATH ???
WHY THE RECTANGULAR HOLE ON TOP ???
WHY THE SKULL & CROSS-BONES ???
In the center of the oval are the words - "ECCE HOMO" ecce = behold homo=the man

So - what are these treasure ?? CLICK HERE to learn more.