Turin Erotic Papyrus
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
The Turin Erotic Papyrus, sometimes called Papyrus 55001, is a collection of twelve erosatirical vignettes discovered on badly damaged ancient Egyptian scrolls 8.5 feet long. It is called Turin because it is located in the Turin collection in the Museo Egizio in Turin, Italy.
In each of the twelve pictures, couples enjoy different sexual positions.
In his report “Eros in Egypt,” scholar David O’Connor describes the scrolls: “In each vignette a grotesquely aroused, unkempt man has sexual relations with an attractive young woman. The woman, while virtually naked, is decidedly more elegant than her partner. The sexual positions are varied and extremely vivid.”