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Roman bronze erotic altar figure

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Roman bronze erotic altar figure

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 [...]

Period : < 16th century

Antique dealer : Kim J. Nazzi

Kim J. Nazzi

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Ancient Art & Antiquities