Erotic Egypt

Erotic Egyptians

The two cultures most addicted to sex and nudity were the Greeks (and Romans) and the Egyptians. Egypt has the advantage in that it is very hot, which encourages the wearing of few or no clothes, and so nudity was in many ways ‘natural’.

Female dancers are almost always presented totally naked with three exceptions: they sometimes have a belt around their waist, they sometimes have bracelets on their arms and almost always they wore a heavy wig.  It appears that lice were always problem in Ancient Egypt and consequently both sexes often shaved their heads but wore a wig on special occasions.  However, it appears that for dancing and other overt expressions of sexuality,  a wig was de rigour.  It was perfectly acceptable and indeed expected for a dancer to be totally bereft of clothing in those parts of her anatomy that we would expect to be clothed, but on her head a heavy wig was essential.

Perhaps the best-known example of Egyptian nudity are these two sinuous dancers, seen right which come from the tomb chapel of Nebamun, now in the British Museum, which has some remarkable paintings, showing many aspects of Egyptian life – including some interesting examples of Egyptian nudity.

Egypt is also notorious for being the only culture which actually breaks the greatest taboo of showing the male penis erect. The Egyptians had a special God called Min, who was distinguished by sporting an enormous erect penis. He began as a local God in Koptos and the Abydos region,  where some splendid statues celebrating him were excavated by Flinders Petrie and are now in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Click here for photographs.

One of the remarkable things about ancient Egypt was that it had a long afterlife under the rule of Persians, Greeks and the Romans who maintained many aspects of Egyptian culture culminating in the notorious Cleopatra, who was in fact purely Greek, but lavishly indulged in Egyptian sex and nudity. Indeed some of the sexiest Egyptian works of art come from this period some of which we illustrated here. This is interest and instruction to be obtained from a study of ancient Egyptian art.

 On to Nebamun

 

21st July 2015