Vessel in the Form of a Man with an Exaggerated Phallus - PF.1472, Origin: Western Mexico, Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD, Dimensions: 9.25" (23.5cm) high x 6.125" (15.6cm) wide, Catalogue: V12, Collection: Pre-Columbian, Style: Colima, Medium: Terracotta. This fascinating sculpture was buried centuries ago to hold an offering of food or drink for the deceased. Radiating an aura of erotic magic, it speaks of the promise of renewal and the continuity of life. The crested helmet identifies the subject as a shaman or magic man who acts as intermediary between the world of the living and that of the dead. As with the Roman God Priapus, the enlarged phallus symbolizes male fertility, the essence of life and creation. Placed in a tomb, such a figure was meant to guarantee the rebirth of the spirit in the afterlife. Full of primal sensuality, its message touches the very heart of human culture. Even in an age that offers practical answers for life’s mysteries, its power is undeniable.
Ancient Central America & Mexico