It appears as though toy-assisted self-pleasure isn’t such a new trend. In a series of excavations between 1995 and 2011, archaeologists unearthed some pretty interesting discoveries from the tombs of 2,000-year-old elites. Sure, they found your typical artifacts—art, jewelry, vessels, etc.—but they also found some bronze dildos and jade butt plugs.

China’s Han dynasty, which extended from 206 BCE to 220 CE, was apparently into some pretty kinky stuff. According to IFL Science, “Jade was a revered material at the time. Virtually priceless in its value, its purity and beauty were believed to ward off spiritual and bodily decay.” The article goes on to say that the jade devices were placed where the sun don’t shine to keep the spirit of the deceased in place. During the excavation, they also discovered some wine vessels, which goes to show these aristocrats really knew how to party.

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According to Fan Zhang, curator at The Asian Art Museum in San Fransisco where these items will be on display from February 17 to May 28 in an exhibit titled Tomb Treasures, finding a dildo is rare but not unheard of. “They were all definitely made for use, and we can speculate based on their various bases how they were worn. They’re all bespoke, and the ones we have here might have been laced into place with leather or silk thongs, though it’s not clear if they were designed for men or women…”

What is clear is this: Much as we like to praise our liberated age, with its Babelands, Pornhubs and Autoblows, we can still learn a lot from our randy ancestors.

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