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"Exploring the Phallic Symbol: From Ancient Temples to Modern Art" The Sri Brihadeswara Temple in the 10th century showcases a magnificent Shiva lingam

Background imagePhallic Symbol Collection: Shiva lingam in 10th century temple of Sri Brihadeswara

Shiva lingam in 10th century temple of Sri Brihadeswara (Brihadisvara), UNESCO World Heritage Site, Thanjavur (Tanjore), Tamil Nadu, India, Asia

Background imagePhallic Symbol Collection: The May-pole, 1866. Artist: Charles Cousen

The May-pole, 1866. Artist: Charles Cousen
The May-pole, 1866. 19th century imagining of Elizabethans celebrating May Day, an annual European tradition thought to have originated as a pagan fertility rite

Background imagePhallic Symbol Collection: Moon over Fairy Chimneys in Honey Valley, near Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey

Moon over Fairy Chimneys in Honey Valley, near Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey

Background imagePhallic Symbol Collection: Hot Air Balloons & Fairy Chimneys in Honey Valley, near Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey

Hot Air Balloons & Fairy Chimneys in Honey Valley, near Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey

Background imagePhallic Symbol Collection: Behind the Screen, c. 1673 / 81. Creator: Hishikawa Moronobu

Behind the Screen, c. 1673 / 81. Creator: Hishikawa Moronobu
Behind the Screen, c. 1673/81

Background imagePhallic Symbol Collection: The Sinfulness of Mankind, late 16th-early 17th century. Creator: Cornelis Galle I

The Sinfulness of Mankind, late 16th-early 17th century. Creator: Cornelis Galle I
The Sinfulness of Mankind, late 16th-early 17th century

Background imagePhallic Symbol Collection: A shrine of a chapel on the Ganges (photo)

A shrine of a chapel on the Ganges (photo)
XIR181044 A shrine of a chapel on the Ganges (photo) by Indian School; Benares, Uttar Pradesh, India; Indian, out of copyright. possible copyright restrictions apply, consult national copyright laws

Background imagePhallic Symbol Collection: Raising the May Pole, c1862. Artist: E Goodall

Raising the May Pole, c1862. Artist: E Goodall
Raising the May Pole, c1862. Men haul the pole into position for May Day, an annual European tradition thought to have originated as a pagan fertility rite

Background imagePhallic Symbol Collection: Raising the May-Pole, c1854. Artist: E Goodall

Raising the May-Pole, c1854. Artist: E Goodall
Raising the May-Pole, c1854. Villagers raise a traditional maypole

Background imagePhallic Symbol Collection: Syntax Star-gazing, c1815. Artist: Thomas Rowlandson

Syntax Star-gazing, c1815. Artist: Thomas Rowlandson
Syntax Star-gazing, c1815. Dr Syntax showing a young woman the stars with a small refracting telescope typical of this date, while a manservant trips over a dog and falls headlong down the stairs

Background imagePhallic Symbol Collection: Roman Phallic Amulet

Roman Phallic Amulet
Roman phallic amulet made of bone in the Dorset County Museum

Background imagePhallic Symbol Collection: Milkmaid after the painting of G. Dou in the Cabinet of Mr. Poullain, mid-17th century

Milkmaid after the painting of G. Dou in the Cabinet of Mr. Poullain, mid-17th century
Milkmaid after the painting of G.Dou in the Cabinet of Mr. Poullain, mid-17th century

Background imagePhallic Symbol Collection: A Konso man wears a phallic Kallaacha on his forehead

A Konso man wears a phallic Kallaacha on his forehead. Made of cast aluminium and ivory or bone, the Kallaacha is worn during the tribes initiation and gada age-grade ceremonies

Background imagePhallic Symbol Collection: Choice of Songs put into Music by M. de la Borde, ca. 1773

Choice of Songs put into Music by M. de la Borde, ca. 1773
Choice of Songs put into Music by M. de la Borde, ca.1773. C ette touchante yvresse / Ne dit rien a ton coeur

Background imagePhallic Symbol Collection: A Hamar woman blows a tin trumpet at a Jumping

A Hamar woman blows a tin trumpet at a Jumping of the Bull ceremony. The Hamar are semi-nomadic pastoralists of Southwest Ethiopia whose women wear striking traditional dress

Background imagePhallic Symbol Collection: A Borana man at Mega in southern Ethiopia wears a phallic

A Borana man at Mega in southern Ethiopia wears a phallic Kallaacha on his forehead. Made of cast aluminium and ivory or bone

Background imagePhallic Symbol Collection: USA, California, Los Angeles city hall, low angle view

USA, California, Los Angeles city hall, low angle view

Background imagePhallic Symbol Collection: Stone Shiva lingam

Stone Shiva lingam, an erotic phallic symbol, Durbar Square, Bhaktapur, Kathmandu valley, Nepal, Asia


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"Exploring the Phallic Symbol: From Ancient Temples to Modern Art" The Sri Brihadeswara Temple in the 10th century showcases a magnificent Shiva lingam, a powerful phallic symbol representing divine energy and creation. Journeying to Hamilton, New Zealand, one encounters a striking Maori statue that subtly incorporates phallic symbolism into its intricate design, reflecting cultural beliefs and traditions. Charles Cousen's artwork "The May-pole" from 1866 captures the festive spirit of ancient celebrations where towering poles were adorned with ribbons, embodying fertility and renewal through their unmistakable phallic shape. In Turkey's enchanting Cappadocia region lies Honey Valley, where fairy chimneys rise against the moonlit sky - nature's own interpretation of phallic symbols intertwined with whimsical charm. Floating above Honey Valley in hot air balloons reveals an ethereal landscape dotted with both natural and man-made phalluses; an awe-inspiring sight blending human ingenuity with Mother Nature's artistry. Pashupatinah Temple boasts numerous Shiva lingams that devotees revere as sacred objects embodying cosmic power and spiritual enlightenment within Nepal's vibrant religious tapestry. A hand-colored etching titled "Presentation of Mahometan Credentials" depicts historical tensions between atheism and religion while subtly referencing the enduring presence of phallic imagery throughout history. Hishikawa Moronobu's captivating artwork "Behind the Screen" transports us to Japan during the late 17th century, offering glimpses into a world where hidden desires found expression through subtle yet suggestive visuals. Cornelis Galle I’s masterpiece "The Sinfulness of Mankind" delves into humanity’s complex relationship with desire by intertwining biblical narratives with symbolic representations of sexuality – including prominent phallic motifs.