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The sculpture was presented to the connoisseur, Cardinal Scipione Borghese, who in return granted the order the services of his architect Giovanni Battista Soria and paid for the façade of the church, albeit sixteen years later.
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The Sleeping Hermaphroditus is an ancient marble sculpture depicting Hermaphroditus life size.
From Athens itself hails the earliest extant example of the hermaphrodite figure in ancient Greek art: a securely dated early fourth century clay mould that “preserves a critical portion of hermaphrodite anatomy, and probably would have produced figures of the […] anasyromenos […] type.” Accordingly, hermaphrodites anasyromenoi are, as far as is known, the first type of hermaphrodite represented in Greek sculpture. These figures remained common in the Hellenistic period when the cult of the god-goddess Hermaphroditus, who they perhaps represent, gained national significance. They are so called because of their revealing or “anasyromenos” gesture; these largely small-scale hermaphrodites, unquestionably female in face, form, and costume, lift their drapery at the waist to reveal their small and sometimes erect phallus [Fig 1].
Visually and functionally distinct from the more popular late Hellenistic sleeping hermaphrodite type [Fig 2], these earlier hermaphrodites, I will argue, functioned chiefly as apotropaic fertility figures.