Drawing of a phallus


Description of Drawing (English): phallus
Findspot: Smyrna, Basilica (Agora.1)
Drawing Category: Erotic images
Writing Style: painted
  • Graffito Height: 28
  • Graffito Length: 49.5
Bibliography: Bagnall, R. S. et al., Graffiti from the Basilica in the Agora of Smyrna (2016): 241.
Commentary: Dipinto of a male sexual organ, located in the eastern half of the back wall of Bay 24, toward the middle. The drawing is heavily damaged by very large lacunae. Additionally, the black color has faded in several areas, making it difficult to recognize the overall outline. From what is discernible, the corpus of the penis is drawn horizontally with two parallel lines converging at the right end in a rounded tip, where a series of shorter, vertical streaks might indicate the foreskin and the meatus. The two testicles are drawn perpendicularly to the corpus and are detached. Roughly circular in shape, they seem to have been drawn first in red and then retraced in black.
Suggested Citation: AGP-SMYD00241, The Ancient Graffiti Project, <http://ancientgraffiti.org/Graffiti/graffito/AGP-SMYD00241> [accessed: 14 Jul 2024]

Editor: Roger S. Bagnall

Principal Contributor: Roger S. Bagnall

Last Revision: 2016-10-03