10 December 2004
A SYRO-PALESTINIAN BASALT PILLAR IDOL
CIRCA 4TH MILLENNIUM B.C.
Cylindrical in form on a splayed base, with male genitalia sculpted in relief, the navel projecting above, incised diagonal markings along the body, a loop on either side serving as the arms, the head flaring along its upper edge, the face with a ridged nose and projecting eyes, the upper surface recessed at the center, perhaps to serve as an altar
16 in. (40.6 cm.) high
Dr. Charles Maillant, Neuilly, France, 1940s.
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