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Museums are often misconstrued as dusty and lifeless — the least likely place to find something hot and steamy. Such astonishingly intimate works reveal a side to the ancient Near East that contrasts sharply with the modesty prevalent in the modern Middle East. Two clay plaques, small enough to hold in your palm, depict couples copulating in remarkable detail.
Notably, the ancient Egyptians had strict rules about things like adultery and used early forms of birth control. Most people know ancient Egyptians practiced mummification, but the embalmers who performed the process didn't always respect the bodies. Instead, the families waited a few days so the corpse would be somewhat decomposed. Like modern civilizations, ancient Egyptians wanted to have some degree of control over their family planning.
Sexuality in Ancient Egypt is a subject to be approached with caution. Norms in regard to sexual behavior cannot be looked at with our Western understanding of sexual identity as many cultures, both past and present, do not create categories based on the same things we do. Beyond this, the Ancient Egyptians did not seem to be terribly shy about sex.
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The so-called Erotic Papyrus from Turin, found at the ancient settlement of Deir el-Medina, presents these unique depictions alongside entertaining animal scenes in gorgeous drawings of the highest artistic worth. The artifact, referred to as an Egyptian Karma Sutraalready impressed its beholders in the 19th century, as exemplified by a copy of the drawings in the papyrus, the so-called Calco de pinturas egipicias. The precious and unique artifact was found in Deir el-Medinaan old settlement of craftsmen and artists in Ancient Thebes.
The first third depicts animals performing various human tasks. This part of the scroll-painting has been described as satirical and humorous. The final two thirds of Turin Erotic Papyrus consist of a series of twelve vignettes showing men and women in various sexual positions. The various male images have also been interpreted as a single protagonist, who has several encounters with a courtesan.
In case you missed the giant photo above which means Egyptian for HelloHello again! S-E-X in Ancient Egypt is the name of the game today. Besides being known as the land of mummiespyramids and tomb raiders, Egypt was also known for its notoriety in all things related to sex waggles eyebrows.