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|From the collection of , former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.|
"The Worship of the Generative Powers" by Thomas (1866) discusses phallic worship, which appears to have flourished across the Empire, especially at , modern Nimes in the south of France. At the of this worship appeared in bizarre fanciful sculptures on the walls of its amphitheater and on other buildings. An engraving from Wright's book, shown here, depicts a Roman bas relief found on a monument at Nimes, on which a penis forms the tail of a crested bird that sits upon a nest of egg-like vulvas. This is likely related to worship at .