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Art, Design, Artefacts

Meet Sigmund
Posted
Wednesday, 21.12.2016

The Icelandic Phallological Museum, located in Reykjavík, Iceland, houses the world’s largest display of penises and penile parts. The collection of 280 specimens from 93 species of animals includes 55 penises taken from whales, 36 from seals and 118 from land mammals, allegedly including Huldufólk (Icelandic elves) and trolls. In July 2011, the museum obtained its first human penis, one of four promised by would-be donors. Its detachment from the donor’s body did not go according to plan and it was reduced to a greyish-brown shriveled mass that was pickled in a jar of formalin. The museum continues to search for a younger and a bigger and better one. The fascination for male genitalia, a supreme symbol of masculine power, is widely spread. It is known that Sigmund Freud had a collection of phallus objects. Freud has been dead for nearly 70 years, but Freud’s provocative theories are still a part of psychology, neuroscience, and culture — this despite the fact that many of his ideas were mindboggingly, catastrophically wrong. Indulge into the world of Penisneid and start your own collection.

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