An artificial male phallus reportedly used in witchcraft ceremonies.
Evidence of the artificiality of claimed copulation with
the devil is the frequent reference to the coldness of the phallus.
Centuries before the great witchcraft manias of Europe, the
fascinum was used in ancient religious rituals, such as those
connected with worship of the god Priapus; such phalli were
also known in ancient Egypt. Probably the earliest known is that
of the fertility god Min at Koptos, around 5500 B.C.E.
Knight, Richard Payne. A Discourse on the Worship of Priapus.
1786. Reprint, Secaucus, N.J University Books, 1974.