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Bronze phallic amulet

Period:
Imperial
Date:
1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
W. 2 in. (5.1 cm.)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Gift of A. Hyatt Mayor, 1960
Accession Number:
60.117.4
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
This amulet is of unusual form. Commonly, the phallus, presented in symmetrical double form on amulets, is winged, but the three winged phalli that project from this ornament are very different in shape, position, and style. Unlike the symmetrical phallic amulets in this case with (60.117.5, 60.117.7-9), this pendant perhaps is intended to ward off evil coming from all possible directions.
Said to be from Italica (near modern Seville, southern Spain)

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