Measurements: 4 cm – height, 3.5 cm – width


Description: An ancient Roman phallic pendant featuring a protruding phallus with testicles below. The pendant has a solid loop for suspension and it is slightly concave on the back. 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.


Reference:  Archaeological Center


Period: 2nd – 4th cent. AD


Condition: Very fine.


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