Ancient erotica, or just celebrating the rites of Spring?

British museum  c 11000 yrs old

11000 years ago someone took up a piece of stone, calcite cobble to be exact, and decided to fashion it into this small beautiful representation of a loving
couple. It is fascinating because of its ingenuity in the representation of tender lovemaking, when there is no detail of gender or facial expression, and yet it
seems to emanate a tenderness between the two figures. Looked at from different angles the shape is clearly a penis, then a vagina ; it fascinates with its
suggestiveness. The line drawings show even more clearly how the shape replicates the human reproductive organs. How can we begin to contemplate what
this was for? The facts are clearly identified at the British Museum where this exhibit is one of the objects chosen for the 100 objects which have been
amassed together by curators in a project to bring history alive. It is an amazing website , one to explore and revisit endlessly.

Each time I clicked on an object , I was propelled into the mysteries of how it would have felt like to be human in that particular time. It describes when and
where the item was found, and what the context of it was. The histories are more than interesting, they offer real insight into the living conditions and the
preoccupations of the people. I can’t go on and on about this, you just have to go and see for yourself by clicking on the link, but I warn you, you may need
some time to squander because it is addictive. I am just going to identify some of the objects, without explaining them all in detail, because the museum
does that so well. I just want to share the fun of it with you, so here are some tasters.

So to whet your appetite above are an Egyptian mask worn by a priest over 2000 years ago, ( I wonder what went through his head at the time, the after life was more important than the present in their culture), then there is the cutest roman pepper pot in the shape of a lady ( Mrs Pepper Pot?), at a time when pepper was very sought after. When the Visigoths besieged Rome in AD 410, they demanded a ransom of one ton of pepper to leave the city unharmed, so that’s what we’re dealing with here.After her there is a stone face made by the Olmecs, the earliest Central American civilisation. This one was probably worn around the neck as a pendant. Nice. Another little known fact for you, Olmec glyphs are the earliest known writing in America.

Let me know what you find , I would love to know what made you amazed, tell me you’re amazed!


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