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Bronze phallic amulet

Period:
Imperial
Date:
1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
W. 2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm.)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Gift of A. Hyatt Mayor, 1960
Accession Number:
60.117.3
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
A phallus extends horizontally from the central ring. Projecting to the other side is a human hand displaying a sexually explicit, obscene gesture, its fingers curled and thumb protruding between the index and middle fingers. Directly below the ring hangs a scrotum.
Said to be from Italica (near modern Seville, southern Spain)

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