ROMAN PHALLIC PENDANTS
Measurements: 3.5 cm to 3.9 cm - length
Description: A selection of Roman bronze phallic amulets. Each is in the form of a realistically modelled phallus with integral suspension loop. 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. Item on the right is SOLD.
Period: 2nd - 3rd cent. AD
Condition: Very fine, patina on the surface.
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