Ca. AD 200
A Roman bronze pendant that features a central depiction of a phallus, accompanied by intricately rendered testicles. To the left is a raised hand in a manus fica gesture. The erect phallus serves as a visual representation of virility and sexual prowess, while the manus fica gesture, commonly known as the "fig hand," was believed to ward off evil forces and bring good fortune. This form of amulet, with the combination of phallus and fist, was particularly popular amongst Roman soldiers. For more, see Martin Henig, 1984, Religion in Roman Britain, London. For a similar example, see The Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession number: 60.117.7.
Provenance: Private London collection; formerly acquired in the US in the 1990s.
ROMAN BRONZE PHALLIC PENDANT WITH MANUS FICA GESTURE
L: 38mm / W: 60mm ; 30.14g