Roman pottery erotic hanging vessel or lampR125
A moulded pottery hanging vessel, possibly an oil lamp, in the form of a naked crouching figure with an exaggerated phallus. There is a filling hole between the two pierced suspension lugs and a further wick or pouring hole at the front of the phallus.
Roman, 1st or 2nd Century AD
7 x 13.8 cms
Surface extensively worn and probably some loss around the filling aperture between the two pierced suspension lugs.
Deaccessioned from the Beate Uhse Erotic Museum, Berlin, Germany. Ex. collection Beate Uhse, Germany (1919-2001); acquired from a 19th Century collection.
Beate Uhse was an early pioneer of gender equality, becoming a pilot in the 1930’s and founding reputedly the first sex shop in the world after World War II.