Lima Layover: Erotic Pre-Columbian Pottery Collection, Museo Larco

by Chris on January 17, 2011

Pictures from the Museo Larco’s collection of erotic pottery in Lima, Peru. Warning: Not Safe for Work

The Museo Larco in Lima has one of the most noted collections of pre-Columbian erotic pottery  in the world. Some of the pieces are so detailed that you can’t help but realize that there is truly nothing new under the sun. Don’t scroll down if you’re at work, as the pottery is pretty graphic.

Erotic Pre-Columbian art, Museo Larco, Pueblo Libre, Lima, Peru

 The erotic pieces are housed in a separate gallery from the main collection.

Erotic Pre-Columbian art, Museo Larco, Pueblo Libre, Lima, Peru

Most of the pieces date back to the 2nd century AD.

Erotic Pre-Columbian art, Museo Larco, Pueblo Libre, Lima, Peru

Explanations for the pieces were written in English in the gallery. Most of the pieces were used for salves, potions and offerings for fertility gods.  

Erotic Pre-Columbian art, Museo Larco, Pueblo Libre, Lima, Peru

Clearly the pre-Columbians had none of the “sex-for-procreation-only” hangups that other religion have.

Erotic pre-Columbian pottery, Museo Larco, Pueblo Libre, Lima, Peru

 Erotic pre-Columbian pottery, Museo Larco, Pueblo Libre, Lima, Peru

I loved this piece, which contained salve for sexually transmitted diseases. Look at the look of pain on the guy’s face!

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