Un priape marchant sur des pattes de coq  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

"Un priape marchant sur des pattes de coq"[1][2] is a plate from Monumens du culte secret des dames romaines (1787). It is also featured in Veneres et Priapi, uti observantur in gemmis antiquis[3] (1771), both books by Pierre-François Hugues d'Hancarville.

It depicts a flaccid phallus, standing on rooster's legs.

The added subscript reads "gravé sur une pierre de cornaline."

"Le Dieu très-reconnaissable à sa figure naturelle, marche sur des pattes de coq. Personne n'ignore la propriété de cet animal, et que la vigilance n'est pas ... Cette pierre bizarre servait probablement de cachet aux billets doux," says Monumens du culte secret des dames romaines[4].

In 'Monumens it is coupled to Amabo mea dulcis Ipsitilla (poem 32) by Catullus.


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