Archaeologists examining 2,000-year-old tombs have found Bronze-Age sex toys believed to have been used by the era’s elite.

 

Pictures of the incredible artefacts show the lifelike and phallic, bronze devices - now green from oxidation - which were unearthed between 1995 and 2011 in East China’s Jiangsu Province.

 

The invaluable pieces, which are among thousands of other burial objects, have now gone on display at the Yizheng Museum in the province’s Yangzhou City, and they are capturing the public’s imagination.

 

Ancient "sex toys" are rare, but not unheard of, the museum’s curator, Fan Zhang, was quoted as saying.

 

They were found with other items such as ceramics and wine vessels and were buried in the tombs of royalty and aristocrats dating back to the Han Dynasty (206 BC to 220 AD), suggesting that the ancient society’s elite were all for indulging themselves.

 

Fan noted: "They were all definitely made for use, and we can speculate based on their various bases how they were worn.

 

"They’re all bespoke, and the ones we have here might have been laced into place with leather or silk thongs, though it’s not clear if they were designed for men or women."

 

Amazingly, there were also entire "death suits" and butt plugs made of jade - a priceless material at the time. They were buried with people from the nobility, but their usage at the time seems to differ from that of modern times.

 

Fan explained: "The jade plugs are used to seal the body and keep in vital essences that can leak out during life and death."

 

The curator added that the most important bodily opening was the mouth - and there were also various "plugs" for that orifice.

AsiaWire / Yizheng Museum
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Author: Scott Feng

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