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Tours > Roman Britain at the BM > Cybele's Testicular Clamp

Cybele's Testicular Clamp
River Thames, London

This unnerving instrument, covered with tiny deities, was apparently utilised in mystical ceremonies, probably associated with the oriental goddess, Cybele. 11" long and made of bronze, it resembles the castration clamps used by ancient vets and is thought to have been employed on human 'volunteers'. Remorseful after his infidelity to Cybele, Atys castrated himself and her more enthusiastic followers were apparently willing to adopt a similar lifestyle. The clamp's presence in the River Thames may either have been due to a pagan desire to preserve it or a Christian desire to destroy it.

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