Take a Look at the Pre-historic Sex Toys

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Take a Look at the Pre-historic Sex Toys

So much can be said about the dildo, the artificial phallus. Admittedly, the very first question that crosses anyone’s mind is – who was the first person to invent this sex toy?

This little toy is very far from a new invention. In fact, the oldest known example dates about 30,000 years ago. What is most interesting is that it surfaced all over the world and was sculptures from many different materials. Sex, sexuality, orgasms and desire, are evidently, as you’ll find out soon, a burning force for creativity.

After their findings,  archaeologists chose to give it, and its kind, the euphemistic name of “ice-age batons”.



Carved chalk phallus from an infilled pit in a ditch of Maumbury rings, now at Dorset County Museum.

The above ‘ice–age baton’ is explicit and revealing in its purpose to the naked eye. As Timothy Taylor eloquently puts it:

“Looking at the size, shape, and—some cases—explicit symbolism of the ice age batons, it seems disingenuous to avoid the most obvious and straightforward interpretation.  But it has been avoided.”

Below are more examples of dildos or sex toys that have been explained as something other than their only and obvious use.


c. 29,000 B.C.Phallus:

Paleolithic stone phallus discovered at Hohle Fels Cave, southwestern Germany. Made from fine-grained siltstone, ground, polished and incised. The phallus appears to have been also used as a hammerstone.


c. 6,000 – 4,000 B.C.

Carved stag antler phallus, Sweden. 10.5cm long and 2cm in diameter.
Image: Peter Zetterlund, Swedish National Heritage Board

Neolithic, France


Carved ivory phallus, France.
 Image: Loïc Hamon / Cuture.Gouv.Fr / Musée des Antiquités nationales, Saint-Germain-en-Laye.


Dr. Martin Rundkvist, makes this sarcastic comment about the futile attempt at trying to avoid stating what is obviously a sex toy:

“There are many non-dildoish uses for which it may have been intended but without doubt anyone at the time would have seen the penile similarities.”

Now take a look at a display of several portable phallic pieces with replications of totally retracted or absent foreskin, piercings, scars and tattoos. It seems no detail was missed of the different shapes, sizes, and adorned penises. There is no room for confusion here; it is what it is – a dildo. Why then all the evasiveness? I think it only speaks volumes about our society and how we still struggle to embrace our sexuality. Sex and sexuality still remains a taboo subject today and maybe our ancestors left us a message in all their obvious displays.

c. 12,000 B.C

c. 12,000 B.C.

Several portable phallic pieces with replications of totally retracted or absent foreskin, piercings, scars and tattoos.
Image: Javier Angulo / Hospital Universitario de Getafe

Tina is a DailyStar senior writer. She graduated from Edith Cowan University. Writing has always been something she enjoyed. Her positive outlook colours every aspect of her life. Her motto -Life’s too short so get living.

When she’s not busy writing, Tina is exploring the city she adores, running in her local Park every day, drinking an absurd amount of coffee, taking care of an adorable pup, kids and traveling.

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