In wide ranging cultures, in both the middle-east and South America, gods or god-like beings are shown holding what looks like small purses. The purpose of the question is to think of an interesting, exotic, but plausible explanation of what they are used for. In addition to the 'purses', the depictions often have the figure wearing two watch-like bracelets on their wrists, and the other hand is precisely holding an oblong object that looks like a pear-sized pine cone.
These objects tend to be held by people who were considered leaders and/or information givers to their communities (including some half-fish folks, who returned each evening to the ocean, as they were amphibious). They just strike me as being very specific and odd for them to be carrying these items. A few (subjective) conclusions I draw:
Both hands of the leader are occupied (or at least one if they aren't holding the pine cone) which makes them somewhat vulnerable, at least in my eyes. If they objects could be used as weapons, they would look less vulnerable, but they do not seem very weapon-like to me.
Purse always has a substantial handle that can swivel to carry the purse, which tends to have a flat bottom. So does that mean it is heavy? To be set down on occasion? If it is important to have with you, why carry it as a purse? Why not carry it as a back-pack or a fanny-pack? Does it exude extreme heat or cold (or radiation?) such that it can't be kept close to the body?
Why are these objects associated with leaders? Are they indicative of the tools these people used to exhibit leadership, with their function, or are they just things that the leaders seemed to have with them.
Some people have thought the purse held seeds or drugs, but it does not look like a bag to hold seeds or drugs. It seems too sturdy for that.
To reiterate, the question is to think of a plausible explanation for the 'purse' (some exotic thinking may be needed), and perhaps some of the other items as well. Note that the existing explanations (holding seeds, holding drugs) do not make sense to me and I think are basically guesses on the part of researchers.
The best answer is one which provides the best explanation for the three items (purse, wristwatches, and pine cone) as parts of a coherent system or technology.