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Bronze phallic amulet

Period:
Imperial
Date:
1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
W. 1 3/16 in (5.6 cm.)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Gift of A. Hyatt Mayor, 1960
Accession Number:
60.117.5
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The form of this phallic amulet is unique. Commonly, the phallus and arm project from a central pubis or scrotum. On this unusual pendant, the two extensions meet at a central cylinder, creating the appearance of arms extending from a torso.
Said to be from Italica (near modern Seville, southern Spain)

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