Figurine of Priapus

Contributed by jennie povey

A Romano-British cast lead figurine of the god, Priapus.

Priapus was originally a minor fertility god from Asia Minor, who gained a little popularity with the Greeks around the 4th century BC. He was adopted by the Romans, who believed that he would ensure fruitfulness and ward off evil. Statues of Priapus were set up in Roman gardens, and his enormous phallus was regarded as a deterrent to thieves.

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