Sculptured stone

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from Birrens, Dumfriesshire

Postcard of Sculptured stone.
© National Museums Scotland

Sculptured stone

This building stone was found at the site of the Roman fort at Birrens in Dumfriesshire. It was used sometime between 120 and 180 AD.

The stone has been decorated with a phallus, incised along the length of the stone with a punch or similar instrument.

The Romans were superstitious, and used amulets and pictures of the gods to ward off evil. Phallic representations are found on a large number of Roman objects. They were thought to produce good luck and protect against the evil spirits.

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Online ID: 000-100-036-667-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FP 55
Date: Between 120 and 180 AD
Material: Stone; with incised figure of a phallus
Dimensions: 480 mm H x 160 mm L x 130 mm W
What: Stone, building
Where: Scotland, Dumfriesshire, Middlebie, Birrens
Description: Building stone with a phallus incised along its length with a punch or similar instrument, from Birrens
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