Sex toy is, by definition – any device or object that can facilitate human sexual desire. There are millions of different objects that can be used in this way, and it is close to saying that every person has his “thing”. Sexual pleasure is highly subjective matter, and everyone has something that can arouse him a little bit more. However, there are common devices for many people throughout history and some of those go a long way back. Most people would agree with the theory that those “toys” are as old as the human race is, and probably they wouldn’t be far off the mark.

ST5Archeological and historical evidence is always necessary when making such claims, and this time they exist. The oldest example of a device which was used to enhance or provide sexual pleasure dates back to the Paleolithic era. Even though some scientist still disprove its use as a sex toy, most of them are quite certain of it. Some slightly “younger” artifacts were also discovered and most of them were made of siltstone, polished and in a shape of a phallus, which is enough evidence for majority of people.

Greeks and Romans were also very healthy and active when it comes to sex life, and it seems that a lot of experiments were performed when those togas were off. Aside form worshipping sexually insatiable gods, like Dionysus or Bacchus and making parades in their honor, inhabitants of these classic civilizations used various sex toys – dildos predominantly. Evidence for this comes from various sources, from Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata” to archeological artifacts found in Miletus (modern day Turkey) – object called olisbos was made from wood or bone and was used to provide women with sexual relief when husband was off killing some poor souls. Nowadays, this devices is known as – a dildo.

Also, other ancient civilizations had their share of fun and joy, pun intended. Asians, mostly Chinese people, had various toys to play with and majority of evidence speaks about vibrators and something which we know now as – ben-wa balls. Those are in use even today which gives them a lifetime of over 1000 years. (Not the same ones are being used, of course!)

T-SHIRT-Detail-2-Pakitsilp-KamasutraIndia, as the land where the most famous book about sex was made, i.e. the Kama Sutra, also looked for sex-enhancers. Historical sources mostly mention dildos and vibrators, which were predominantly used in breaking of a hymen of virgin girls before marriage, since Indian husbands considered blood from the hymen unclean.

Design of these toys in ancient days was quite uniformed, and they all probably looked similar (phallus-shaped toys are similar even today, who are we kidding?!). On the other hand, materials were pretty different: anything found in nature could potentially be of service, so most civilizations used wood, metal, animal bones or horns, vegetables and fruit (bananas, cucumbers, etc.), exotic materials like gold or jade in the East and many other. Lubrication was very much needed with this type of hard materials, and it mostly came from natural sources as well, olive oil being the number one product on the market.

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