Bronze amulet with horses' hooves and mounted by a woman, Graeco-Roman, 100 BCE-400 CE

Made:
100 BCE - 400 CE in Roman Empire
maker:
Unknown

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From the left: A97578, Solid bronze phallic amulet in form of pripus with hindquarters of horse mounted by figure of
Science Museum Group Collection
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Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Solid bronze phallic amulet in form of pripus with hindquarters of horse mounted by figure of woman, 3 bronze pendants suspended from base, Graeco-Roman, no provenance details, 100BC-400

Made from bronze, this amulet shows a woman straddling across a phallus with horses’ hooves. Phallic-shaped amulets were popularly worn as symbols of fertility and strength. They were essentially good luck charms.

An amulet was, and for many people still is, believed to have magical and spiritual powers, bringing good fortune and good health and protecting against bad luck, which includes disease and sickness.

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Object Number:
A97578
type:
amulet
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • figure - representation
credit:
Andrade, C.

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