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Bronze phallic amulet

Period:
Imperial
Date:
1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
W. 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm.)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Gift of A. Hyatt Mayor, 1960
Accession Number:
60.117.7
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
This amulet incorporates three different symbols: the phallus, male genitalia, and the mano fica (a rude hand gesture). All three were potent apotropaic devices intended to ward off the Evil Eye.
Said to be from Italica (near modern Seville, southern Spain)

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