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Statue of Priapus

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Bearded Priapus has a fillet with herringbone enrichment tied around his brow, and a cloak over his head and shoulders. He wears a high-belted sleeveless tunic over a long-sleeved tunic. He is holding them up to contain a lapful of fruits. His erect phallus also acts as a support for the fruit....

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Provenance

According to B. Palma, et al., Museo Nazionale Romano, Le Sculture (a cura di Antonio Giuliano) I, 6: Marmi Ludovisi dispersi (1979), p. 15: Lanciani acted as an intermediary in the sale of several sculptures from the Ludovisi Collection to the MFA, Boston, including this Priapos; by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: presumably from Rome); 1908: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA; accessioned 1910

Credit Line

Gift of Fiske Warren and Edward Perry Warren

Roman, Imperial Period, A.D. 170–240

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 206; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 112 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Other: 159 x 53 x 32cm (62 5/8 x 20 7/8 x 12 5/8in.) Weight (Sculpture): 282.59 kg (623 lb.) Weight (Object with steel pallet): 353.81 kg (780 lb.)

Accession Number

RES.08.34a

Medium or Technique

Marble

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture