A man holding a penis and flanked by leopards is the oldest narrative sculpture in the world

An 11,000-year-old rock-cut relief in southeastern Turkey featuring menacing animals and two men, one of whom clutches his genitals, is the oldest narrative scene on record, according to a new study .

Archaeologists have discovered the curious carvings on benches embedded in a Neolithic (or New Stone Age) building in the Urfa region. Measuring approximately 2.5 to 3 feet (0.7 to 0.9 meters) high and 12 feet (3.7 m) long, the newly discovered rock-cut relief features two leopards, a bull and the two men – one holding his phallus and the other holding a rattle or snake.

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