A Black-on-Black “What am I?” Quiz
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What am I?
besides, of course, very black
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It never ceases to amaze what one can find while putzing around the mountain fringes of Kyoto. I came across this today, and thought it might have potential as one of my What am I? quizzes. What is it?

This one is probably pretty easy, especially if you look at the image metadata.

It brings to mind this quiz from a couple of years ago. I still use this related photo from that quiz's answer post as the login-screen background for my Synology DS1511+ NAS unit; the ultra-industrial feel seems to work nicely as a login screen.

As always, I'll keep comments hidden until I post the answer in a day or three.

All 3 comments so far, oldest first...

Part of an Steam Engine or Generator.

— comment by Heiko on October 10th, 2014 at 4:04am JST (9 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

My first thought is that it looks like a bolt on a steam locomotive, and clicking your kindly-provided Exif link confirmed it too easily.

— comment by Nils Ferry on October 13th, 2014 at 2:33pm JST (9 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Was neither too challenging nor too interesting 🙂 . I’ve posted the answer here. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jeffrey Friedl on October 16th, 2014 at 9:02pm JST (9 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink
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