LARGE ROMAN PHALLIC PENDANTS

£215.00/each

 Measurements: 7 cm - width

 

Description: A selection of Roman bronze phallic amulets of fist and phallus type. Each has a manus fica (so-called obscene hand that was thought to represent female genitalia) to the left side and phallus to the right side. In the centre there is a realistic representation of  phallus and testicles. The back surface is unworked. In ancient Roman religion and magic, the fascinus or fascinum was the embodiment of the divine phallus. The word can refer to the deity himself (Fascinus), to phallus effigies and amulets, and to the spells used to invoke his divine protection. Phallic pendants in ancient Rome were talismans used to ward off the evil eye. This kind of sorcery was thought to ward off primarily envy (invidia) that was targeted against the fertility of animal, crop and person. Phallus pendants were often given to babies and children to prevent curses intended to stunt their growth. Please note that the price is for an individual item. Please state your preference via e-mail while ordering. Item B is SOLD.

 

Period: 2nd - 3rd cent. AD

 

Condition: Very fine, patina on the surface.

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