Since the Etruscan tombs, even before appearing as a structural element in the history of architecture, the Arch derived its figure from the Phallus. Inspired by the Egyptian god of fertility, the seven MIN sculptures at the Soane investigate the origin of the sacred.
“Dionysian Mysteries were a ritual of ancient Greece and Rome. These rites were often associated with women. They involved liberation from civilization’s rules and constraints. They celebrated a return to the source of being. They also involved escape from the socialized personality and ego into an ecstatic, deified state or the primal herd. Such activity has been interpreted as fertilizing, invigorating, cathartic, liberating and transformative. Many devotees of Dionysus were those on the margins of society: women, slaves, outlaws and foreigners. All were equal in a cult that inverted their roles. Festivals were orgies of wine and sex: Over all reigned the Phallus.” — Wikipedia
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