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Roman bronze erotic altar figure
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Ref : 71320
1 500 €
Period :
16th century
Provenance :
Netherlands
Medium :
Bronze
Dimensions :
H. 1.57 inch
Ancient Art & Antiquities  - Roman bronze erotic altar figure 16th century - Roman bronze erotic altar figure  - Roman bronze erotic altar figure Antiquités - Roman bronze erotic altar figure
Kim J. Nazzi

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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 1,6cm

Provenance: art & antique trade (Belgium) ; reportedly found on a field in the proximity of the city of Maastricht (NL).

Kim J. Nazzi

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