Phallus Amulet

Culture: Roman
Period: 2nd century A.D.
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 3.7 cm long
Price: 880 Euro
Ref: 3502
Provenance: Since the early 1980s in a German private collection.
Condition: Intact
Description: Massive cast and heavy bronze amulet in form of a phallus (“fascinum”) worked out in fine quality. On the sides the protruding, spherical scrotum. On the upper side a large, circular eyelet for suspension. The end raised and set off semi-circularly tapering. Phallus amulets were widespread in the Roman Empire. They were worn as lucky charms and should protect against the evil eye. Children already wore these popular amulets. They were also put on important cattle for protection.