About this object

Amulet representing a squatting man and oversized phallus extended in front of him. Arms held forward to support phallus. Pierced beneath the man's chin for suspension. The identity of the figure is uncertain but it is thought this type of ithyphallic amulet is connected with festivals celebrating a divine birth. Ceramic with black glaze. Surface dirt and chipped in places.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Ptolemaic; Late Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    664 BC - 30 BC
  • Materials
    Ceramic
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    James Currie
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1941 before
  • Measurements
    22 mm x 19 mm x 61 mm
  • Note
    Ex Sir J Currie Collection (Norwich 21.941)
  • Related people
    James Currie (Collector, previous owner); Daniel H Hanbury (Previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Previous owner)

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: 1941
    How acquired: Donation
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Sold
  • Daniel H Hanbury

    Owned from: 1937
    How acquired: Donation
    Owned until: 1941
    Disposal method: Donation
  • James Currie

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1937
    Disposal method: Donation
Object view = Humanities
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