The history of prehistoric sexual toys

June 7, 2012

Sex toys such as dildos are actually around 28,000 years old and, according to experts, were used in incredibly erotic situations. Finely sculpted and polished, this example is a wonderful specimen dating from the glacial era. It has survived until present day and helps to shed some light on prehistoric sexuality.

This ancient representation of male sexuality was discovered in a cave in Germany. The rock phallus is measured at 7.87 inches long and 1.18 inches in diameter, is exquisitely sculpted from stone and is made up of a combination of 14 fragments, all discovered within close proximity of one another. Its extraordinary stature, the well-polished surface and the exact measurements (similar to those of a real penis), allowed scientists to draw the conclusion that the artefact is in fact a prehistoric sex toy.

Dutch scientists and a team from the University of Tübingen were astonished to happen upon the sculpture in a cave at Hohle Fels, near Ulm (Suabia).

Professor Nicholas Conard explained to the BBC that “representations of women with marked sexual attributes are widely documented in numerous places, but male representations are very, very rare” and that “besides being a representation of the male reproductive system, it could have also been used as a general tool, due to some scars on its surface”.

Researchers also explained that the unmistakable form of the object and its well-polished surface, along with certain shaped rings and lines, leave no doubt concerning the symbolic nature of the object.

The location where the object was found is actually one of the most notorious in all Central Europe for phallic discoveries; many pieces have been found here, especially concerning the Upper Paleolithic period. This particular period in history is commonly related to the development of the Homo Sapiens; groups of human beings with psychical characteristics that are practically identical to modern day humans.

The research teams from Tubinga, excavating in Hohle Fels, had already previously found 13 pieces of the stone penis. It was only in the last year, after discovering the 14th fragment, that the puzzle could be solved. All the pieces were found in the same location, deep inside a series of inaccessible caves that were laden with the remnants of early human activity.

Other old, symbolic stone objects similar to this one had previously been uncovered in France and Morocco, but the one found in Hohle Fels is unique. “Feminine representations are common in many places” said Conrad, “but representations of male genitals are very strange”. The stone penis of Hohle Fels is currently on display in an exposition at the Prehistoric Museum of Blaubeuren, aptly named “Glacial Art: decidedly male”.

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