NLM-B66F77: Roman Phallic Pendant

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Unique ID: NLM-B66F77

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Copper alloy pendant. Cast phallic pendant comprising a curved narrow triangular section shaft with a pointed and slightly expanded end with a nick separating it from the shaft for the glans, the stubs of a central suspension loop within the concavity of the curve, and a pair of small round testes either side of a short pointed terminal.

Kevin Easton kindly comments as follows: 'just saw the phallic pendant and wondered if it was part of a cosmetic grinder due to its curved shape , I have one with the suspension loop on the end in the form of a phallus'. Knob-ended mortars do indeed occur amongst examples presented by Jackson (2010), though testiculate pestles do not figure in his catalogue. Nor does this example bear the heavy wear to be expected from such use: on the aris of its convex surface. Were this suggestion to be upheld, the pestle would be classed as centre looped, the type more firmly associated with the Romano-British period.

Suggested date: Roman, 43-410.

Length: 41.6mm, Width: 11.3mm, Thickness (clear of loop): 3.5mm, Weight: 4.63gms

Class: centre-looped
Sub class: Phallic

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: Circa AD 410

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 41.6 mm
Width: 11.3 mm
Thickness: 3.5 mm
Weight: 4.63 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 11th October 2015

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Martin Foreman
Identified by: Mr Martin Foreman
Secondary identifier: Mr Kevin Easton

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NLM34986

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
District: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Wetwang

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NLM
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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