Roman Tintinnabulum, C. 100 BC - 400 AD

In ancient Rome, a tintinnabulum was a wind chime or assemblage of bells. A tintinnabulum often took the form of a bronze phallic figure or fascinum, a magico-religious phallus thought to ward off the evil eye and bring good fortune and prosperity.

Tintinnabula were hung in the doorways of houses and shops, often together with a lamp, as a protection against evil spirits. The name comes from the inclusion of bells that would have hung from suspension loops as seen in this example.

Feast your eyes on Darwin’s barnacles!

This depiction of acorn barnacles (Megabalanus tintinnabulum) by George Brettingham Sowerby, comes from Charles Darwin’s massive four volume work A monograph on the sub-class Cirripedia, with figures of all the species, published just five years before his revolutionary book, On the Origin of Species (1859).

See this 45 other exquisite reproductions from 33 rare and beautifully illustrated scientific works in the exhibition, Opulent Oceans: Extraordinary Scientific Illustrations from the Museum’s Library, now open!

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“Tintinnabulum” - Adiemus

I’ve owned this album, “Songs of Sanctuary”, for a while now, but for some reason, lately I can’t stop listening to it.  It’s just really getting in all the cluttered, dark, gross places in my head and sweeping it out.  Rearranging everything as I start to come out of the low period of the last few years.