This enigmatic Roman Silver Pendant dates from 1st - 3rd century A.D and is provided on a silver chain.
It is unclear what the pendant represents, however, it is likely that it is a stylised fascinus, which was the embodiment of the divine phallus. In Ancient Rome, the phallus was a very important and lucky symbol, and was often embellished with a lion’s paw, wings or bird’s head.
Note that the silver has formed a very dark patina and may be debased.
Now available in the Timeless Galleries.
ROMAN SILVER PENDANT ON CHAIN
Acquired by Timeless on the UK Antiquities Market, 2020, previously forming part of London-based collection of antiquities.