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Acquired in 1871 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
collection_code
MET
credit
date_end
0200-12-31
date_start
0001-01-01
date_text
1st century-2nd century (made)
descriptive_line
Gold ring, possibly for a child, the hoop widening into the bezel which is engraved with a phallus, Roman, 1st or 2nd century
dimensions
Height: 1.1 cm, Width: 1.2 cm, Depth: 0.5 cm
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
Jewellery, room 91
historical_context_note
historical_significance
history_note
ex Waterton Collection Historical significance: In the Roman period, wearing phallic symbol jewelry was supposed to ward off the evil eye and bring good luck Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/
id
94816
label
last_checked
2014-08-30T01:53:09.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-30T01:53:09.000Z
latitude
location
Jewellery, room 91, case 1, shelf 5
longitude
marks
materials
gold
materials_techniques
Engraved gold
museum_number
464-1871
museum_number_token
4641871
object_number
O122234
object_type
Ring
on_display
1
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
Gold ring, possibly for a child, the hoop widening into the bezel which is engraved with a phallus
place
primary_image_id
2007BR2674
production_note
Roman
production_type
public_access_description
This small gold ring belonged probably to a child. On its bezel, it is engraved with a phallic ornament. Phallic amulets were common in the Roman world and were primarily a symbol of fertility. At a deeper level however, phallus was regarded as giving powerful protection against the evil eye and had therefore an apotropaic function. Children, who were fragile and particularly at risk of diseases and death, wore amuletic jewellery bearing this symbol. Phallic pendants and rings are commonly found in children's tombs. They almost certainly represent an attempt to aid the child not only in life during illness but also on the journey through death. As such, phallic amulets were also popular amongst soldiers and bronze or bone amulets have been found on Roman military sites. The Roman god Priapus was a phallic deity who was commonly found depicted on houses in Pompei, as well as at crossroads. His role was to protect the occupants of the house from evil and ensure fertility. His role was firmly established by the first century BC.
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
VA
slug
ring-unknown
sys_updated
2013-08-17T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
title
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
200
year_start
1