||MALE-FEMALE STONE CARVING
Height 1.7 meters 7th century
Unearthed at Asuka-mura, Ishigami
This stone carving was used as a fountain in an Asuka Period garden. It was designed so that water could rise through a hole at the bottom and dis-charge from both the mouth of the female and from a stemmed drinking cup held up to the mouth of the male. Today the lower part of the cup is missing and one sees the branched cavity through which water once flowed. The facial characteristics attract notice for their exotic cast. The carving was unearthed in 1903 from the neighbor-hood known as Ishigami, 600 meters to the southwest of the present museum. Since the 1930's, it has also been familiarly referred to by the term dosojin (a name also applied to phallic-shaped stones associated with folk religion and certain Shinto shrines).
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Authoring: Yasuhito Kakiya