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Batteries not included: 28,000-year-old stone ‘dildo’ on show in sex exhibit

16 Jan

Metro

SCHELKLINGEN, Germany:  Archaeologist Petra Kieselbach of Germany holds a 28,000 years old stone phallus which has been discovered in a cave in Baden-Wuertemberg in southern Germany, during a press conference in Schelklingen 25 July 2005.  In assembling 14 stone fragments, found last year in the Hohle Fels cave, archeologists rebuilt the phallus, which is 20 centimeters (eight inches) long and three centimeters wide.  AFP PHOTO DDP/MICHAEL LATZ     GERMANY OUT  (Photo credit should read MICHAEL LATZ/AFP/Getty Images) The siltstone phallus was found in caves near Ulm in Germany (Picture: Getty Images)

Sex toys are no new thing but in actual fact date back tens of thousands of years to prehistoric cave-dwellers.

This smooth stone phallus dating back 28,000 years is now being shown alongside other ancient sex toys in the Institute of Sexology exhibit by the Wellcome Collection in London.

Made from 14 different pieces of silt-stone and thought to be one of the earliest sex aids ever discovered, the artefact was found in a cave near Ulm in Germany in 2005.

It is joined in the exhibit by other objects, documents and research charting the history of the evolving relationship between mankind and sex including some of the earliest vibrators, sexual imagery and the ground-breaking work of sexologists such as William Masters and Virginia Johnson.

A sculpture of the male sex organ, Magical power was thought to reside in the male and female sex organs and to represent them in images was to invoke their beneficial power to create abundance and to ward off evil and ill luck. Ancient Anatolian. Neolithic c 6th millenium BC. Anatolia, Turkey. (Photo by Werner Forman/Universal Images Group/Getty Images) A sculpture of the male sex organ dating to 6000BC Turkey, which was thought  to ward off evil and ill…

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