16 June 2006
A BACTRIAN STONE RITUAL OBJECT
CIRCA LATE 3RD-EARLY 2ND MILLENNIUM B.C.
Dark gray in color, cylindrical in form, tapering to flat ends
55½ in. (141 cm.) high
Japanese Private Collection, 1970s.
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