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Friday, September 19, 2003


A Plateful of Phalluses

A leading British museum, Oxford's Ashmolean Museum, has paid US$387,000 for a Renaissance plate which shows a male head made up of around 50 fleshy penises, wrapped round each other to form a dense, knotted whole. You can count them here if you want to.
The Italian plate is thought to have been made by ceramicist Francesco Urbini in the 16th century. For a short history trip, try here.
The head is framed by a garland carrying the inscription: "Ogni homo me guarda come fosse una testa de cazi" (Every man looks at me as if I were a dickhead).The phrase is still a common term of abuse in Italy and elsewhere.
Oxford's Ashmolean Museum, says the plate is "one of the most extraordinary and fascinating pieces of Italian maiolica (a style of ceramic painting) in existence." See for yourself other pieces of Italian maiolica, non-phallic versi, here.



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