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Iberian Marble Idol, 3rd Millennium BC

This exceptional piece resembles a column with the walls flared slightly outward at the top and the bottom. The incised abstracted decoration reproduces many details of the human face: the eyebrows, the wheel-shaped eyes above some tattoos (or a beard?), the long hair whose undulating lines evoke the waves of the sea. Aside from these “classical” traits, this work presents numerous peculiarities. It is the only Iberian idol known on which the hands and the arms are clearly incised; the right hand holds a small object resembling a stick which could be another cylindrical idol or perhaps a scepter. Also, at the center of the lower part of the piece, a small vertical protrusion might represent a penis. More…

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