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During the 2012 autumn excavation season at Göbekli Tepe, a small figurine (5,1×2,3×2,7 cm) was handed in as a surface find from the north-western hilltop of the tell . The motif of the figurine is an ithyphallic person sitting with legs dragged toward his body on an unidentifiable object. He is looking up and grasping his legs. Between the legs, a large erect phallus is depicted , and a quadruped animal is sitting on the person´s left shoulder (Fig. 4). As one half of the figurine has a thick layer of sinter, the question whether there originally was another animal on the other shoulder remains open. The animal species cannot be determined with security neither, but the general form is consistent with depictions of large wildcats or bears at Göbekli Tepe . The material of the sculpture is unusual for the site on the other hand. Nearly all sculptures and figurines so far known from Göbekli Tepe were made from local limestone. The new figurine is most likely made from nephrite
originally posted by: Sigrun
a reply to: butcherguy
Well at least that provides potential explanation for having an animal possibly slung over the shoulder, though the figure is sat upon a construct.
but anyway to see that as a phallus requires exposure to the modern artistic convention of foreshortening and over exposure to Freudian conditioning.
originally posted by: intrptr
Crude caving to be sure.