The California Museum of Ancient Art is de-accessioning lot # 87A to raise funds for its Ancient Art Acquisition Fund in order to Abuild its growing collections.
A Roman bronze amulet in the form of male genitalia, c. 1st – 3rd Century AD, well-formed with large suspension loop at top. L: 3.2 cm. Nice dark olive green patina. Phallic amulets were suspended in jewelry, on wind chimes and on lamps and were used for good luck, prosperity and particularly to ward off evil from children, mainly boys. Ex-East Coast private collection; Ex-California Museum of Ancient Art, donated 1989. (1261).
The California Museum of Ancient Art was founded in 1983 to gather the first collection focusing exclusively on the Ancient Near East in Southern California. Representing the geographic regions of Egypt, Mesopotamia and the Levant from approximately 3500 BC to 500 AD, the museum's goal is to tell the stories of the peoples of the Ancient Near East and their cultures and to promote a better appreciation for the roots of Western Civilization. The museum aims to do this in a way that is both historically accurate and user friendly and, most importantly, meaningful to the general public. From the influential peoples of Sumer, Elam, Babylon, Assyria, Hittite Anatolia, Canaan, Philistia, Israel, Judah, and Egypt of the Pharaohs to the beginnings of Rabbinic Judaism and early Christianity, the aim is to bring these ancient peoples to life—actively engaging visitors by allowing the museum's ancient artworks and written texts to tell their amazing stories.