87. A Polished Dark Green Granite Phallus

Bactria, 4th–3rd millennium BC
Size: 26.5 cm long

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Incised down one side is a tall, elongated male figure, naked and standing on a two-step podium. His right arm is held aloft, with a bird perched on his raised hand. Snaking around the column is a serpent, until its head reaches the bird, as if in conversation.