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Home > Catalog > |Antiquities| > |Antiquities by Type| > |Amulets| > AS91386
Roman, Bronze Priapus Amulet, c. 1st Century B.C. - 1st Century A.D.
Priapus or Priapos was a minor rustic fertility god, protector of livestock, fruit plants, gardens and male genitalia. Priapus is marked by his absurdly oversized permanent erection, which gave rise to the medical term priapism. He became a popular figure in Roman erotic art and Latin literature, and is the subject of the often humorously obscene collection of verse called the Priapeia. The word "amulet" comes from the Latin word amuletum, which Pliny's Natural History describes as "an object that protects a person from trouble."
AS91386. cf. Rolland, H. Bronzes Antiques de Haute Provence, Paris, 1965, #136; 41mm (1 5/8") tall, 14.4g, Choice, complete and intact, Priapus standing, bearded, wearing long garment and boots, holding open drapery to expose his large phallus; from a New England Collector; $250.00











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