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The eighteenth century dildo found hidden in a convent

a photograph of a flesh coloured porcelain dildo with plunger

Ivory dido, possibly French, 1701-1800 Copyright The Science Museum

A curious find in a French convent…

This “exceptional” 18th century ivory dildo, from the collection of the Science Museum, expertly crafted in the form of an erect penis, includes a pump to simulate ejaculation and its own discreet cloth bag.

It was found in a convent in Paris, having been hidden for almost 100 years in the seat of a Louis XV armchair.

Its quality and use of fine materials clearly distinguishes it from the more common leather dildos of the period, which were generally moulded into shape using old rags. This level of craftsmanship has led curators to conjecture that this dildo probably belonged to a lady of considerable wealth.

Though such things were not as visible in society as male pleasurable pursuits, the object serves to highlight the access some women in the Georgian era had to erotica and sex toys.

The dildo went on public display as part of the exhibition In Pursuit of Pleasure: The Polite and Impolite World of Georgian Entertainment which was at Fairfax House, York until December 31 2016.

It is now in the collection of the Science Museum, London who have digitally grouped it with all manner of fascinating devices within their Therapeutics category.

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