From Chris Murphy 01634 686 515 These newly revealed SEX AIDS proves the ancient Chinese love nookie as anyone else. This bronze dildo and bronze butt plug are appearing in a new exhibit at a Chinese museum, but the plug also had a darker use. Staff at Yizheng Museum said they are important artefacts which show what the adventurous Chinese were up to behind closed doors, and prove sex was an important part of their culture. Popular geek site IFL Science reports that life during ancient China's Han dynasty, which was between 206 BC and 220 AD, appears to have constantly swayed between the strangely familiar and the oddly eccentric. It said the discoveries were made during a series of excavations between 1995 and 2011, around the Jiangsu province, near present-day Shanghai. Researchers explored the tombs of 2000-year-old aristocrats, wealthy elites, and royalty, the site said. Other finds include vessels and ceramics, urinals and loofahs. And there is the martial aids unearthed. 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 science site said: “Embalmers also used butt plugs made of the rare stone to prevent ‘the loss of vital essences’ from the body.” Exhibition curator Fan Zhang told IFLScience: “The jade plugs are used to seal the body and keep in vital essences that can leak out during life and death. Basically, it is to maintain the chi. The most important orifice was the mouth, and we have a beautiful example of a mouth seal in the shape of a cicada in the exhibition." But he admitted the elite of the Han dynasty liked their sex too. The excavations also revealed two hollow bronze phallus-shaped objects that are believed to have been worn and used during sex to enhance the experience. They also found a trove of wine vessels, giving a further indication that indulgence in the body’s desires and pleasure often played a central role in this highly spiritual culture, the science site reports. Mr Zhang told them: "Useable bronze dildos are still relatively rare finds, though far from unheard of, and they are occasionally found in elite tombs. "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 — they’re not heavy at all — though the phallus without the ring form was likely for a man since it was found in a king’s tomb." These artifacts had been lying untouched for some 2,000 years, but now the discoveries will go on display for the first time outside of China in the upcoming "Tomb Treasures" exhibition at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, which will run from February 17 until May 28, 2017. Ends


  • Rare ancient Chinese sex toys will go on display at the United States
  • They were found inside the tombs of the rich and powerful from the past
  • Both date back more than 2,000 years and ‘could be worn and used’
  • One item is believed to belong to a regional king and the other an aristocrat

Rare pictures have been released showing the ancient sex toys that once belonged to the Chinese royals and aristocrats.

The two pleasure devices, both made of bronze, date back more than 2,000 years to China’s Han Dynasty (206 BC–220 AD).

They were discovered in the modern-day Jiangsu Province near Shanghai inside the ancient tombs belonging to the rich and powerful.

The sex toy (pictured) was discovered in Yizheng inside the tomb of an ancient aristocrat