Babylonian Erotic Plaque, c. 1800 B.C.
This baked clay plaque appears to show a man and woman in a loving embrace, while the woman bends over to drink beer through a straw. Ancient documents of this period include examples of erotic poetry where strong connections are made between alcohol and sexual activity.
Baked clay plaques were mass-produced in southern Mesopotamia from the second millennium BC. They show informal scenes and reflect the private face of life. Though their exact purpose is not clear, they may have had magical or religious significance.
Size:13.1 cm L - 5 3/16 inches
Culture:Babylonian, c. 1800 B.C.
Provenance: Property of a North London collector, acquired in the 1970s.
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