LIN-CFA375: Roman limestone carving of a phallus

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Unique ID: LIN-CFA375

Object type certainty: Certain
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Roman limestone carving. The limestone block is roughly rectangular however the sides and back are rough and appear to be damaged. The front of the carving has a different patina to the sides and reverse, being a more weathered grey-brown as opposed to relatively fresh limestone yellow-grey of the breaks. The carving depicts an erect penis with testicles below and vagina above. Similar carvings are known from military and urban sites in Roman Britain and were often made to avert the evil eye.

It is interesting to note that every phallic relief listed in Huskinson's 'Roman Sculpture from Eastern England' was found in Lincolnshire. Dimensions: Penis: shaft width: 80mm Head width: 91mm Head length: 60mm Testicles: Diameter circa 91mm Vagina: Width: 154mm Length: 129mm Opening: 13mm x 49mm

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.


Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: ROMAN
Subperiod to: Middle
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: Circa AD 300

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 392 mm
Width: 283 mm
Thickness: 154 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Adam Daubney
Identified by: Dr Adam Daubney

Materials and construction

Primary material: Stone

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: South Kesteven (District)
Parish or ward: Braceby and Sapperton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TF0135
Four figure Latitude: 52.902957
Four figure longitude: -0.499824
1:25K map: TF0135
1:10K map: TF03NW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Gardening
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Garden

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LIN
Created: 10 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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