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Priapus

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. In Rome, where he had a temple, he was also called Mutinus Titinus and was especially worshiped by young married women. Statues of Priapus were sometimes placed on boundaries and hung with signs which threatened sexual assault on trespassers.

Domitian, 13 September 81 - 18 September 96 A.D., Lampsakos, Mysia

|Lampsakos|, |Domitian,| |13| |September| |81| |-| |18| |September| |96| |A.D.,| |Lampsakos,| |Mysia
||AE| |16|
This type and a variety with the full ethnic were the only types struck at Lampsakos during the Flavian period.

In Greek mythology, Priapus was a minor rustic fertility god, protector of livestock, fruit plants, gardens and male genitalia. Priapus is marked by his 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.
RP111643. Bronze AE 16, RPC II 890 (3 spec.), SNG BnF 1270, SNG Cop 235, F/aF, green patina, corrosion, flaw in neck, edge split, weight 2.884 g, maximum diameter 16.0 mm, die axis 180o, Lampsakos (Lapseki, Turkey) mint, 13 Sep 81 - 18 Sep 96 A.D.; obverse ΔOMITIANOC KAICAPI, laureate head right; reverse statue of ithyphallic Priapos standing left on basis, ΛA-MKΨ in downward columns flanking statue; very rare; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00


Roman, Bronze Priapus Amulet, c. 1st Century B.C. - 1st Century A.D.

|Amulets|, |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 Bronzes 136, BnF Bronzes 502, Choice, complete and intact; 41mm (1 5/8") tall, 14.4g, Priapus standing, bearded, wearing long garment and boots, holding open drapery to expose his large phallus; from a New England collector; SOLD







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