Bronze Phallic Wind Chime (tintinabulum)

Roman, 1st Century AD

To ward off evil spirits, wind chimes would have been hung in gardens and porticoes. The erect penis was a symbol of good fortune and a charm against evil.

The main phallus has wings and the feet and tail of a lion, perhaps to enhance the symbol’s power. Sexual symbols were common in everyday life in the Roman and Greek period. The phallus appears often, from jewellery to street corners. In Greece great processions were held with participants carrying large phallus’ as a celebration of fertility and to honour the god Dionysos. 

Source: British Museum

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    Cave Canem, Baby! ruff ruff! You can ring my bells any day!
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    I think we have one of those in the British Museum. Need to go back and check. ;-)
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