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Hi David, since these little pots appear from an early date and in different cultures around the world, I suggest that what ever it was, it predated in existence and importance all these cultures. A great book to read about the peopling of our planet is "The Real Eve: Modern Man's Journey Out of Africa" by Stephen Oppenheimer.
I see the canister as a carrier of fresh water. So while you suggested, "In two of the OP images, you can see in the opposite hand from the 'hand bag object' a pine cone being 'offered'. This is an ancient symbol for Enlightenment or the Third Eye.. "
I suggest that the offering was fresh water without which enlightenment is not possible. Fresh water is THE provision of life, enlightenment is understanding this fact. IMO, of course.