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Ritual and religion

Figurine of Priapus

Period:
Roman Period
Description:

A figurine of the God Priapus, bearing fruit with an uplifted garment. This is an example of an ithyphallic work (a statue or figure with an erect penis), and depicts a deity who is associated with fertility and is the subject of The Priapeia, a humorous and obscene work of verse from the classical period of Latin literature.

 

The figurine was found in an armourer's furnace at Carzield during the 1939 excavation, and is most likely Gaulish due to the workmanship.

Place of Discovery:
Carzield Roman Fort
Dimensions:
3 inches in length
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:1952.25.3
Digital Number:
RPD0136
RCAHMS site record:
Carzield Roman Fort
References:
BIRLEY, Eric ; RICHMOND, I A "The Roman Fort at Carzield". TDGNHAS. Third series. Volume 22, 1942, pp 156 = 163.