Roman terra sigillata pottery erotic fragment, seduction of Hercules



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A fragment from a terra sigillata red gloss ware vessel with moulded erotic decoration. The fragment shows the upper part of a naked male figure with a female figure astride his lap and holding his head which is turned to look behind him. A wooden club is suspended behind the male figure suggesting it may be a depiction of Hercules.

Roman, 1st or 2nd Century AD

8.4 x 7.2 cms, display block 12.8 x 10 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. A 19th Century numerical collection label on the back of the fragment. Museum inventory numbers and label under the base.

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.

Mounted on a plaster display block showing a drawing of the missing parts of the decoration