Gallo-Roman Bronze Priapus Statuette, 1st Century AD
This statuette is possibly a representation of the Roman fertility god Priapus,
made in two parts (shown here in assembled and disassembled forms). It was found at Rivery, in Picardy, France in 1771 and is the oldest Gallo-Roman
object in the collection of the Museum of Picardy. This figurine
represents the deity clothed in a “cuculus”, a Gallic coat with hood,
and may be an example of the Genii Cucullati (Hooded Spirits). This upper section is detachable and conceals a phallus.