Roman phallus-shaped pendant from the Martberg, 1st to 3rd century AD


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Phallus pendant from the Celto-Roman temple district of Martberg on the Moselle. Original in copper alloy. The phallus symbol comes in a variety of different forms and types and was considered a powerful means of protecting valuable items (such as horses) from the “evil eye”. These pendants were not worn by humans – at least there are no burials with phalluses as grave goods. They were also used as gifts to the gods. We can find them very often in temple areas. 1st – 3rd century AD. , Length 3,7 cm.

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