Imagine a three thousand year old sex magazine. In effect, that's what you get with The Turin Erotic Papyrus. In was discovered in the 19th century in Deir el-Medina, an Egyptian village that once housed the artisans responsible for the great pyramids in the Valley of the Kings.
Located now in the Museo Egizio in Turin, Italy, it measures roughly 8.5 feet by 10 inches. Because of its poor condition, it took years of painstaking work to reveal its contents.
|Reconstruction of the original Turin Erotic papyrus|
Little else exists that reflects on the sexuality of the ancient Egyptians. What the Turin Erotic Papyrus reveals is open to interpretation. It seems clear that the Egyptians of 3,000 years ago were as enamoured with sex as most of us are in contemporary times. Further proof that we are hardwired to be interested in and find joy in that very fundamental part of our existence.
The link to the Turin Papyrus webpage is http://www.perankhgroup.com/the_turin_papyrus.htm