Drawing of a phallus


Description of Drawing (English): phallus
Findspot: Smyrna, Basilica (Agora.1)
Drawing Category: Erotic images
Writing Style: charcoal
  • Graffito Height: 18
  • Graffito Length: 17
Bibliography: Bagnall, R. S. et al., Graffiti from the Basilica in the Agora of Smyrna (2016): 314.
Commentary: Dipinto of a male sexual organ, located on the eastern face of Pier A40, looking into Bay 29. The ink is largely faded. Of the upright corpus, only the left contour is still visible, made of a longer curved line and a few shorter ones next to it. Better preserved are the testicles: the left one is almost horizontal, flat at the top and concave at the bottom. An inner concave line gives the impression of three-dimensionality. The right testicle is larger and roughly oval. Drawn diagonally, it is characterized by a double contour line that is similarly meant to convey dimensionality.
Suggested Citation: AGP-SMYD02912, The Ancient Graffiti Project, <http://ancientgraffiti.org/Graffiti/graffito/AGP-SMYD02912> [accessed: 23 Feb 2024]

Editor: Roger S. Bagnall

Principal Contributor: Roger S. Bagnall

Last Revision: 2016-10-03