There are lots of wonderfully lurid stories about erotic artifacts, but the evidence behind them, or the lack thereof, is frequently disappointing. Yes, it would be pretty great if Cleopatra really had constructed a pleasure device out of bees, but there simply aren't any good sources to back up such claims. Sometimes, though, it works the other way around - we unearth something or rediscover something that makes our collective monocles fly off. Were the ancients really so suggestive? According to archaeologists and historians, yes.
Wrestling with this realization was a common enough occurrence that there are entire secret collections, such as the British Museum's Secretum, that exist solely to hide all the overtly sexual archaeological finds so innocent eyes won't see them. While it may be entertaining to picture a Victorian curator sifting through crates of history's many indelicate depictions while striving vigorously not to realize what they were, this list demonstrates that history really has no shortage of prurient artifacts.
Wanton Sculpture Of Pan's Relations With A Goat
Catherine The Great's Table Of PhallusesPhoto: miepvonsydow.wordpress.com
Explicit Moche Pottery
The Crude Graffiti On The Walls Of Pompeii