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
  • Culture
    Late Period; Ptolemaic
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    664 BC - 30 BC about
  • Materials
    Ceramic; Pottery
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum
  • Collector
    James Currie
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1937 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)


Previous owners

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