Behold, The First Artwork Depicting Two People Making Sweet Love
Warning: This post contains imagery of two people having sex — but the sculpture is pretty abstract, so you’re probably okay.
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and so we decided to do the cute thing and search the Internet for the oldest known depiction of two people kissing. I soon discovered that the first rendering of two people kissing skips all the bases and is also the first to show two people having sex.
The image below is the calcite cobble sculpture known as “Ain Sakhri lovers,” because it was found in the Ain Sakhri caves near Bethlehem. The little, 102-millimeter love scene is estimated to date back to around 9000 B.C. Yes, around the same time copper was discovered, goats were domesticated, and people began making bricks from clay, one Mesolithic or Epipaleolithic softie let his emotions out into the world, crafting two lump-like bodies smushed together in, what we can only imagine, is pure ecstasy.
The artwork, The British Museum explained, was once a mere pebble, floating down a small river near Bethlehem. A forever anonymous person picked it up, using his or her hands to chisel away at the rock until a passionate embrace blurring bodily boundaries remained.
Although at first glance the artwork might look like a horny Stone Ager threw together the three-dimensional equivalent of a stick figure, further examination reveals the complexity of the form. In an interview with the BBC, Marc Quinn explained his fascination with the object, that forces the viewer to encounter the bodies embedded in the piece as he or she would encounter a new lover.