ROMAN GOLD PHALLIC PENDANT

£495.00

Measurements: 2.1 cm – length, 1.35 g - weight

 

Description: A rare, hollow-gold, repoussé-made Roman phallic pendant. The suspension loop is intact. The item is suitable for modern wear although with great care since the gold sheet is quite thin and sensitive to impacts. 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.

 

Provenance: From the property of a Mayfair gentleman, acquired on the London art market.

 

Period: 1st – 3rd cent. AD

 

Condition: Very fine. Encrustations cover the surface, minor crack to the gold sheet on the phallus.

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