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AN ANCIENT ROMAN BRONZE FIGURE OF PRIAPUS
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Ancient bronze figure of the fertility god, presenting fruit arranged over leaves hanging at sides of arms, with his distinctively large erect penis extending from beneath. He wears a long cloak and pants of probably goat skin, his stern bearded face, with hair held in a bun at back. 1st/2nd cent. A.D. 2-7/8 inches high. Intact. Mounted. From a NYC collection. The Greek protector of gardens and domestic animals and fruits. He is a son of Dionysus and Aphrodite, and a strong phallic fertility deity. Images of Priapus, with large ithyphallic genitals, were placed in the fields and gardens to ensure fruitfulness and protection. The Roman Priapus was far more popular than his Greek version.


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