64. A Tibetan Phallus made from Mammoth Ivory

Tibet or Ladakh, probably medieval
Size: 23 cm long
With silk wrap

The label states: ‘Collection of Sir Francis Younghusband, Tibetan Phallus in Casket, Lhasa. Not for display.’ The casket has disappeared, but the phallus remains resplendent, and is now displayed, our sensibilities having changed. It was apparently placed in a hole between Yama’s legs, and removed and ‘used’ in Tantric ceremonies.

Provenance: Sir Francis Younghusband

Spink’s, 1984