EAR SPOONS! (and cerumen is ear wax). Look inside the ear to see where ear wax is stored.
Man, with a glob of ear wax like that I think you might want to harvest it.
Thanks Penny and Jenn for your correct guesses. (And thanks Penny for your comment, ICK!).
Ears build up cerumen to protect themselves from fungi, bacteria, insects and even your dirty fingers! All the best advice (today) is to NOT PUT ANYTHING IN YOUR EARS.
Why would you want ear wax so badly? Well, medieval illuminators used their ear wax added to the gesso to make the right consistency for their gold paint!
And frugal housewives of the 19th century (I kid you not) said ear wax was a great salve for puncture wounds and --get this--for chapped lips! Women also used ear wax to wax their thread to make it glide more smoothly through the needle's eye and the fabric which they sewed.
OH MY GOSH. Two posts today made us think of last week's mystery artifact.: