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Votive male genitalia, Roman, 200 BCE-400 CE

Votive offerings were given to the gods either in the hope of a cure or as thanks for one and were made in the shape of the afflicted body part. The votive marble penis and testicles may have been given in thanks for a cure for impotence or infertility.

Object number:

A641287

 

Glossary:

Glossary: infertility

No description.

Glossary: votive offering

Objects or monuments donated by an individual for a public place or shrine. The object is usually given in gratitude for deliverance from distress.

Glossary: impotence

The inability to gain an erection, or for long enough to sustain intercourse. Around one in ten men are affected regularly, and most men experience erectile dysfunction at some point.