Roman Bronze Phallic Pendant


An Ancient Roman  patinated bronze amulet in the form of a realistically modelled phallus with integral suspension loop.

Date: Circa 3rd-4th century AD.
Condition: Fine condition; a few light accretions.


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Phallic emblems are found on a wide range of Roman objects, from amulets to frescoes, from mosaics to lamps. Such pendants were a symbol of fertility, as well as performing an apotropaic function.The phallic deity was called Fascinus, from the Latin word ‘fascinare’, meaning “to cast a spell”. Charms and amulets shaped as phalluses were worn to invoke the god’s protection against evil spells, and were a common piece of jewellery in ancient Rome. According to Pliny the Elder, charms of this kind were worn even by babies and soldiers.


Weight 8 g
Dimensions L 4.6 cm