Media Information

 
 
 
Collection:
ADJUNCT MODULE B: ITALIAN ART
Preferred Title:
Macrophallic Terracotta Dwarves, Figural Jugs
Image View:
Overall view of two figural jugs
Creator:
unknown (Roman (ancient))
Location:
repository: Museo Archeologico Nazionale (Naples, Campania, Italy) 27857; 27858
Location Note:
Piazza Museo 19; Secret Cabinet (Gabbinete or Gabinetto Segreto)
GPS:
40.853378 14.250486
Date:
before 79 CE (creation)
Cultural Context:
Roman (ancient)
Style Period:
Imperial (Roman)
Work Type 1:
figurine
Work Type 2:
jug (vessel)
Classification:
Decorative Arts, Utilitarian Objects and Interior Design
Material:
terracotta
Technique:
fabrication attributes: ceramics; modeling (forming)
Subjects:
caricatures or satire; Dwarfs; phallic; macrophallic
Description:
The Secret Cabinet (Gabbinete) or Secret Room is the name of the Bourbon Monarchy gave the private rooms in which they held their fairly extensive collection of erotic or sexual items, mostly deriving from excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Limiting viewership and censorship have always been part of the history of the collection. Phallic imagery like this was an apotropaic device for protection, and so was common both publicly and privately. Sometimes caricature was used because provoking laughter was also thought to ward away an evil force. These figurines are also jugs; the penises are the spouts. (Source: Wikipedia; http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Main_Page)
Collection:
Adjunct Module B: Italian Art
Identifier:
7A3-R-NAM-XC-JD-A01
Rights:
© Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc.

Macrophallic Terracotta Dwarves, Figural Jugs