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Phallic Representations


The figure of the child-god Harpocrates at left, which emphasizes his genitals, may have served as protection from the evil eye, perhaps specifically for children.



In the terracotta at right, probably of the fertility god Priapus, the figure raises the bottom of his garment to reveal his genitals.   The image of a boy with a swan above may echo Greek myths in which Zeus in the form of a bird abducts the boy Ganymede as his lover.
Above are an abstract limestone phallus (left) and a more realistic wooden one.


At left are seven phallus amulets of varying degrees of abstraction.