Description

The hollow cast bronze statuette shows a bow-legged man in a hooded cloak (cucullus). Originally the upper part of the hood formed a lid. The coat leaves the strongly domed belly and the widely protruding phallus exposed at the front. The phallus ends in an open spout, it is hollow and connected to the interior. The figure probably served as a lamp, with the wick stuck in the phallus and the oil could be filled in through the opening in the head.

The Genii cucullati appear as dwarf-like guardian spirits on inscriptions and reliefs, especially in the former Celtic northwestern provinces of the Roman Empire. In their use as a lamp they will have helped the user through the dangers of dark nights.