Talismans are described in the Encyclopedic Dictionary of Archaeology by Barbara Ann Kipfer as a "charm or fetish thought to produce unusual, extraordinary happenings". Of characteristic phallic form, the present talisman draws on an ancient cult tradition centering on fertility, whose potency endured in the Islamic period.
In general good condition, weathering to surface and areas of iridescence consistent with age, small chips to base, as viewed.
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