Antique carved limestone trough. Remnants of white paint on one full side.
A trough is usually a long, narrow, open stone container, usually box-like and most often used to feed or water animals. Troughs can be square, round, or D-shaped. Larger D-shaped troughs were used in villages with a pump for water. Many troughs have tethering holes so that animals could be tied to them.
Stone troughs were hewn or carved from sandstone, limestone, granite, or even marble, usually a local stone. Troughs make a wonderful garden planter, can be used as a fountain or water feature, or simply as a naturalistic focal point in the garden. Uniquely carved no two troughs are ever the same.
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