Predynastic tusks and penis sheaths: A new interpretation

Marc Orriols-Llonch*

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The functionality of the so-called tusks has been quite controversial among the artefacts from the Predynastic period. Based on the classification work of S. Hendrickx and M. Eyckerman, I will try to demonstrate how different types A.5 and A.6 are from other tusks through the analysis of their form and ethnographic comparison. The thesis defended in this paper is that this kind of object would be a model of penis sheath, a "clothing" item related to hunting since Prehistory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-167
Number of pages19
Issue number30
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020


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