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Lot 115, Auction 5/30/2017: Roman Bronze Phallus Pendant - Wearable!

Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. A petite yet greatly symbolic cast bronze pendant in the form of a double-ended phallus with dangling testes. Above the testes is a large loop for suspension. Phalluses are common Roman symbols and, when depicted disembodied like this one, were used as what Pliny wrote of as a "medicus invidiae" to ward against the evil eye. Size: 1" L x 1.875" W (2.5 cm x 4.8 cm)

Condition: Lovely aged surface with dark green patina. Suspension cord in photograph is not included.

Provenance: ex-private York, England collection acquired in the 1980's

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