Drawing of a phallus


Description of Drawing (English): phallus
Findspot: Smyrna, Basilica (Agora.1)
Drawing Category: Erotic images
Writing Style: charcoal
  • Graffito Height: 52
  • Graffito Length: 52
Bibliography: Bagnall, R. S. et al., Graffiti from the Basilica in the Agora of Smyrna (2016): 308.
Commentary: Large dipinto of a male sexual organ, located in the eastern half of the back wall of Bay 29. The corpus of the penis is drawn diagonally, with its tip at the upper right. It is composed of a diagonal line that terminates at the top in a large oval indicating the prepuce. The foreskin is further accentuated by a second concentric curved line. The corpus’ lower outline is defined by a short curved line that creates an overall teardrop shape. The two testicles are also placed diagonally. The outline of the right one, teardrop shaped, partially overlaps that of the corpus. The left testicle is barely sketched, with one broken line that suggests its position and size.
Suggested Citation: AGP-SMYD00297, The Ancient Graffiti Project, <http://ancientgraffiti.org/Graffiti/graffito/AGP-SMYD00297> [accessed: 23 Feb 2024]

Editor: Roger S. Bagnall

Principal Contributor: Roger S. Bagnall

Last Revision: 2016-10-03