Roman Penis / Phallus
Roman Penis / Phallus
Roman Penis / Phallus
Roman Penis / Phallus
Roman Penis / Phallus
Roman Penis / Phallus
Roman Penis / Phallus

Roman Penis / Phallus

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We have based this votive phallus on one featured in an article by the Science Museum Group, a group of five eminent British museums. 

This replica represents a penis with the scrotum missing and dates from 200 BC to 200 AD. Votive penises are a common form of votive from this period, but their style and details can vary greatly depending on the ailment the sufferer was trying to gain relief from and the stylistic choices made by individual potters. 

Archaeological digs throughout the Roman world have unearthed votive penises, and these fascinating objects can be seen in collections throughout Britain, including at Vindolanda, The Science Museum and The Wellcome Collection. So why not add one to your collection? 


Votive offerings in the form of human body parts have been found in their thousands across the ancient world. These ritual objects were left at healing sanctuaries and religious sites as offering to the gods. One presumption is that they were left hoping to conjure divine intervention during instances of illness, injury and disease. They also may have been left as thanks after the event to honour the gods whose intervention was gratefully received.  

The effectiveness of these offerings is unknown, but their popularity as a form of health care is undeniable. I personally prefer to rely on the hard-working folks of the NHS. 


White earthenware 


Approx. 180 mm high, 40 mm diameter 


This replica Roman pot was hand-made in Northumberland by Potted History, based on an original artefact. It has been fired to a temperature between 800 & 1000 Centigrade to emulate the same techniques the original potters would have employed nearly two thousand years ago. This process often results in variations of the surface colour and texture, as is shared with the original Roman Pottery, giving each piece its unique character. This item is not glazed and will therefore have a porous surface. 

Health and Safety

This item is only for decorative use. 

It is made of fragile ceramic material that can break to create sharp edges, and, as stated above, it is porous and will, therefore, be slightly absorbent. Under no circumstances should you get creative with the use of this decorative votive. Do not think outside the box with this one. Do not use your imagination. Just put it on a shelf and enjoy looking at it.  


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Our returns address is:
Potted History, Gregory Court, Rothbury, Northumberland, NE65 7SW


Please be aware that due to items being handmade and finished, colour variations will occur during the making process, and each replica will have some differences.  Also, know that the item photographed may not be the one that you receive, and colours can appear differently on different screens.  Please ensure you look at all the images to get a fully formed idea of the item you are ordering as we try to capture the variations within the images we share.  If you prefer a specific colour variation, please contact us before ordering. 

Don't take our word for it

Hello Graham and Sarah, I wanted to message because I ordered your holy grail pot for my dad's birthday and he is over the moon with it.

Rachel Frankish

Many thanks again for all of the pottery - this will help bring our new Heritage learning programme to life!

Nottingham University Museum

I love it! I love everything about it, what it represents, why you made it and the history behind it. It was worth the wait! Thank you so much.

Gillian Castle

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