Roman erotic mould fragment for terra sigillata vessels




A fragmentary pottery mould used to make terra sigillata red gloss ware vessels with erotic decoration. The fragment depicts part of an entwined naked couple and possibly part of a maker’s mark adjacent to their feet.

Roman, 1st or 2nd Century AD

15.3 x 7.7 cms, display block 12.5 x 17 cms

Fragment as shown

Deaccessioned from the Beate Uhse Erotic Museum, Berlin, Germany. Ex. collection Beate Uhse, Germany (1919-2001); acquired from a 19th Century collection. Museum label under the base. 19th Century numerical collection label on the back of the mould fragment.

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.

Supplied with a plaster display block showing a drawing of the missing parts of the decoration as well as a plaster imprint from the mould