Norfolk Museums Collections

Romano-British pendant (pendant)

Description:

It is a particularly rare find for Norfolk, and indeed Britain, in its depiction of a phallus made in richly coloured gold, and is in good condition. Its special significance lies in the symbolism of the object and what is tells us about life in Roman times and people’s belief systems. Phallic amulets were commonly worn in Roman times both as a symbol of sexuality, and to promote fertility. Ancient Romans believed that sexual symbols like this gold phallus would shield them from harm and protect them from evil curses. Eroticism and sexuality were prevalent in every form of Roman art, from paintings, to sculpture, and even jewellery. A similar gold example was recorded in Essex

Materials:

gold

Measurements:

21.5 (length) 2.44 (weight)

Accession number:

KILLM : 2012.1

On display at:

Lynn Museum

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