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Scarface | by marc's pics&photos
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Statuette of a spirit, called "Scarface". It has been suggested that it was found in modern day Shiraz, Iran. It is indicative of the religion of ancient Bactria which is modern day eastern Iran, western Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and beyond. The statue was used in a way vaguely reminiscent of voodoo dolls. The left cheek of the statue has a knife cut (hence the name 'scarface') and also the lips have holes so they can be nailed together. It was thought that this would serve to dominate the evil spirits associated with the figure, thus preventing them from causing havoc.

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Taken on July 28, 2012