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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.


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

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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 (Ä220.00)


Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Lampsakos, Mysia

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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. Statues of Priapus were sometimes placed on boundaries and hung with signs which threatened sexual assault on trespassers.
GB88942. Bronze AE 16, RPC I 2274 (8 spec.); SNG BnF 1267; BMC Mysia p. 87, 79; SNG Cop -, Nice gVF, attractive green patina, slightest porosity, slightly off center, weight 3.290 g, maximum diameter 16.5 mm, die axis 0o, Lampsakos (Lapseki, Turkey) mint, 16 Jan 27 B.C. - 19 Aug 14 A.D.; obverse CEBACTOY clockwise behind, youthful laureate head of Augustus right; reverse ithyphallic Priapus standing left, uncertain object in raised right hand, left hand on hip, L-A/M-Ψ/A-K in three divided lines across field; rare; SOLD


Roman Republic, Quintus Titius, 90 B.C.

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Priapus, also called Mutinus Titinus, had a temple in Rome and was especially worshiped by young married women. His use by Quintus Titius is one of the usual found on Republican coinage.
RR88386. Silver denarius, Crawford 341/1, Sydenham 691, RSC I Titia 1, BMCRR I Rome 2220, RBW Collection 1274, SRCV I 238, VF, attractive dark toning, small thick flan cutting off Pegasus' head, obverse die wear, weight 3.780 g, maximum diameter 16.9 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 90 B.C.; obverse head of Priapus (Mutinus Titinus) right, wearing winged diadem, pointed beard, curly lock of hair down neck; reverse Pegasus springing right from a base or tablet inscribed QēTITI; SOLD







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