Old Babylonian Terracotta Plaque: Erotic Scene


Old Babylonian Terracotta Plaque: Erotic Scene

An ancient Old Babylonian terracotta plaque depicting a nude female bending forward to drink beer from a jar through a straw while being penetrated from behind by a nude male.

Old Babylonian Period.
Ca. 1900-1650 BC.
Height: 3 1/2 in. (9 cm).

Terracotta votive plaques in large numbers in Babylon. Many portray lively scenes of musicians, banqueters, and lovers. Their exact purpose is not known, but Old Babylonian erotic poetry often alludes to alcohol consumption, gaiety, and romance.

cf.: a similar erotic plaque in the British Museum, inv. no. 1925,0615.4.

Formerly in the Dr. J. Bermann collection, New York, since the 1980s.

Inv#: 6633


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