Authentic Ancient Roman Intaglio 1st-2nd century AD on Amethyst 18 Kt Gold ring depicting a winged Phallus
This exquisite ring is crafted from 18-karat gold and features an authentic Roman intaglio on amethyst, dating back to the 1st-2nd century AD. The intaglio depicts a winged phallus, which holds great significance in ancient Roman religion and magic. The fascinus, represented by the divine phallus, was believed to possess powerful protective qualities against envy and the evil eye.
The word "fascinate" finds its roots in the Latin words fascinum and fascinare, which directly refer to the mystical power of the fascinus. To "fascinate" means to wield this power, practice magic, and enchant or bewitch others. The poet Catullus even employs this verb in his hendecasyllabic poem, Carme 7.
Phallic charms were incredibly prevalent in Roman culture and took various forms, including jewelry such as pendants and finger rings, relief carvings, lamps, and wind chimes known as tintinnabula. Fascinus was especially associated with protecting children, particularly boys, as well as conquering generals. The phallus, in its erect form, symbolized virility and regenerative powers, reinforcing its protective function.
The ancient scholar Varro observed the custom of hanging phallic charms around the necks of babies, and archaeological evidence suggests the existence of phallus-bearing rings designed specifically for children. In a fascinating experiment conducted in 2017, archaeologists found that certain types of phallic pendants were purposely crafted to face outward, pointing in the direction of the wearer's travel. This positioning aimed to confront and neutralize any potential danger or misfortune, ensuring the wearer's well-being.
Our jewelry store, Serra Roma, proudly presents an exquisite collection that beautifully honors the ancient traditions of Greek and Roman civilizations. Each piece in our collection, including authentic ancient Roman and Greek coins and intaglios, is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity, providing proof of its historical significance and origin.