Drawing of a phallus


Description of Drawing (English): phallus
Findspot: Smyrna, Basilica (Agora.1)
Drawing Category: Erotic images
Writing Style: charcoal
  • Graffito Height: 44
  • Graffito Length: 30
Bibliography: Bagnall, R. S. et al., Graffiti from the Basilica in the Agora of Smyrna (2016): 252.
Commentary: Dipinto of a male sexual organ, located in the upper left quadrant of the back wall of Bay 25. The graffito has almost completely disappeared into a very large lacuna in the plaster at the center of the wall. Only parts of the two testicles are still preserved. Both are drawn in multiple concentric strokes (at least four are identifiable) that overlap all preexisting graffiti (see D25.2, D25.3 and D25.4), suggesting that this image was the last one drawn on the wall. The upper testicle is almost entirely preserved: oval in shape and placed diagonally, it was probably attached to the second one at its missing end. The lower testicle is almost completely missing. What is left suggests that it was probably similar in shape and size to the other one.
Suggested Citation: AGP-SMYD00251, The Ancient Graffiti Project, <http://ancientgraffiti.org/Graffiti/graffito/AGP-SMYD00251> [accessed: 23 Feb 2024]

Editor: Roger S. Bagnall

Principal Contributor: Roger S. Bagnall

Last Revision: 2016-10-03