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Pestle in the Form of a Stylized Phallus - P.0128
Origin: Israel
Circa: 100 AD to 300 AD
Dimensions: 11.25" (28.6cm) high x 2.375" (6.0cm) wide
Catalogue: V1
Collection: Classical
Medium: Marble

Location: United States
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In the Classical age, the phallus was a protective symbol that warded off evil; it is frequently found on the thresholds of houses or over the door to frighten away bad luck. This unusual, stylized pestle may have served a similar function, designed to keep evil away from whatever it was being ground. Perhaps that was medicine, or food for ritual use. Like so many artifacts from a distant time, it keeps its secrets hidden, its meaning a mystery. We can only be certain that its magic is powerfully benevolent, then as now. - (P.0128)


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