86. A Yellow Stone Figure of a Dromedary

Central Asia, circa 3500 BC
Size: 17 cm high × 17 cm long

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This is an interesting symbol of the earliest manifestation of the trade routes that became the Silk Road, although most of the camels shown are of the Bactrian kind, with two humps. The hole in the hump indicates some kind of function for the sculpture. Another interesting feature is that the harness is engraved and stained.