Side and front views of the Venus of Hohle Fels. At 35, years old, the tiny sculpture, carved in mammoth ivory, is believed to be the earliest example of figurative art yet found. Facebook Twitter. The Venus of Willendorf, discovered in Austria, is believed to have been made between 22, and 25,BC.
History of erotic depictions
Sexual History: The Ancient Erotica of Great Civilizations - Theodore Carter
This story originally appeared in Dirge Magazine on September 4, Though it may not be polite to talk about in history class, erotica appears in most great civilizations in human history. From hieroglyphs of fornicating Egyptians, to wild orgiastic Greek romps painted on pottery, to octopus cunnilingus wood cuts in Edo-period Japan, when there is art and culture, there is erotica. Ancient erotica is rife with kink of many stripes, and the artwork here proves anything that can be tried has been tried thousands of years before you came along. In ancient Egypt, sexual images were common in temples, tombs, and religious texts. The Sun God created other Gods by masturbating, an important event recorded in Egyptian art.
Sexual History: The Ancient Erotica of Great Civilizations
Sexual attitudes and behaviors in ancient Rome are indicated by art , literature and inscriptions , and to a lesser extent by archaeological remains such as erotic artifacts and architecture. It has sometimes been assumed that "unlimited sexual license" was characteristic of ancient Rome. In the popular imagination and culture, it is synonymous with sexual license and abuse. But sexuality was not excluded as a concern of the mos maiorum , the traditional social norms that affected public, private, and military life. Roman society was patriarchal see paterfamilias , and masculinity was premised on a capacity for governing oneself and others of lower status, not only in war and politics, but also in sexual relations.
From antiquity to the modern day, sexuality is prevalent throughout many elements of society. In this case, we are looking at representations of sexuality and erotica in the ancient world, which first takes us to India. Here, the carvings are intricate and beautiful, and the site is known around the world for its explicit exotic sculptures. Built between AD and , the temples tell the stories of 11 th century life as well as depict instances of love and passion — although not between the deities. The temples are a true architectural marvel and they appear to celebrate women in varied forms.