An extremely rare erotic altar figure depicting a male genitals in erection, standing on two feet. The male genitals have a double representation of phallus, as well as a "manus fica" with raised middle finger, to ward off the evil spirits. By the early Christians it was referred to as the manus obscena, or "obscene hand. The lack of a suspension loop, and the fact that the statue can stand, proves that it was meant to be placed on an altar.
Bronze with a beautiful olive green patina and traces of green corrosion and red cuprite.
Gallo-Roman. 1st-2nd century A.D.
Dimensions: height 4cm ; width 1,6cm
Provenance: art & antique trade (Belgium) ; reportedly found on a field in the proximity of the city of Maastricht (NL).
2 200 €