Media Information

 
 
 
Collection:
ADJUNCT MODULE B: ITALIAN ART
Preferred Title:
Earthenware Oil Lamps in the Form of Macrophallic Bearded Satyrs
Image View:
Group of three hanging lamps; one on left is inventory number 27732
Creator:
unknown (Roman (ancient))
Location:
repository: Museo Archeologico Nazionale (Naples, Campania, Italy) 27732
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 Type2:
oil lamp
Classification:
Decorative Arts, Utilitarian Objects and Interior Design
Material:
terracotta
Technique:
fabrication attributes: ceramics; modeling (forming)
Subjects:
decorative arts; mythology (Classical)
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. These terracotta macrophallic Pans or Fauns were hanging lamps; 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. (Source: Wikipedia; http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Main_Page)
Collection:
Adjunct Module B: Italian Art
Identifier:
7A3-R-NAM-XC-EL-A01
Rights:
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