Bronze Applique in Form of a Phallus

Culture: Roman
Period: 2nd century A.D.
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 2.5 cm x 2.8 cm
Price: Sold
Ref: 3503
Provenance: Since the early 1980s in a German private collection.
Condition: Intact
Description: Cast, massive bronze applique in form of a stylized phallus. The upper side trapezoid, at the bottom two semi-circular indentations of the scrotum. At the front the tapering penis. The end is formed by a bronze granule. In the upper corners two perforations for suspension, in one is an ancient rivet. Phallus depictions were popular in the Roman Empire. They were worn as charms and should protect against the evil eye. Even children wore them as amulets. But they were also fixed on furniture and other objects to have an apotropaic function.