An Egyptian dark Serpentine Phallus Amulet, Late Period, ca. 664 - 332 BCE
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The phallus amulet, one of the forms depicted in the MacGregor Papyrus, was intended for the protection and magical preservation of the organ in question. Actual examples can show either the left or right side of the erect member. It is unique to and characteristic of the Late Period, made of serpentine, such as this example, and other dark-coloured hard stones or sheet gold.
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall, a very rare example
Dimensions: Length: 2 cm (0.78 inches)
Provenance: Private Maryland collection of a diplomat, acquired while serving in Egypt between 1949 and 1956, and then by descent.