Etruscan erotic decoration Genucilia plateM26
A pottery Genucilia Group stemmed pedestal dish with unusual erotic decoration. The surface of the dish is painted with what appears to be a pair of highly stylised open legs, between them is a phallus apparently “in flagrante delicto”.
Although erotic depictions are relatively common in both Greek and Roman art, this highly abstract composition on a Genucilia plate is quite unique and we have been unable to find any parallels.
Italy, Etruscan, Genucilia Group, mid 4th Century BC
5.6 x 12.5 cms
Light chipping and wear as seen in the photographs
Ex. private collection, Chambery, France; inherited and passed down through the same family since the late 19th Century.