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Roman pottery erotic hanging vessel or lamp

R125

£500.00

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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.

Culture:
Roman, 1st or 2nd Century AD

Size:
7 x 13.8 cms

Condition:
Surface extensively worn and probably some loss around the filling aperture between the two pierced suspension lugs.

Provenance:
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.

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