LVPL-1533AC: Post medieval brothel token

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Unique ID: LVPL-1533AC

Object type certainty: Certain
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A lead brothel token of post-medieval date. It is a flat, rectangular token with a raised border and depicts two naked figures performing a sexual act. The reverse is undecorated.

The scene shows a tree or cave wall emerging from the ground on the right-hand side of the scene. The top of the tree/cave is formed of five raised oval pellets. Standing on the ground and beneath the canopy area, a male and female figure are depicted engaged in sexual intercourse. The female's buttocks are pressed against the tree/cave side, and she is supporting her weight on one leg (her right leg) while the left leg is raised and supported by the cradling arm of the male. Her upper torso is leaning forward, kissing the male and her arms appear to be wrapped around the back of the man. The male stands on both feet, the right leg bent slightly back, his arm cradling the woman's left leg as his phallus penetrates the woman. The reverse is undecorated and flat.

The bawdy or erotic scene depicted can be found on pipe tampers such as WMID-786656, NCL-739535, SF-EE2934, SUR-9657B6 and WILT-FE9706.

If not a scene portraying rustic romance, it may be depicting the consummation of Aeneas and Dido in the cave during a hunt while caught in a storm. The background scene may be a cave or a forest, the cave being the actual location of the consummation, the forest alluding to the hunt during which the episode took place. If the latter, this would place the pipe tamper in both the classicizing examples of such objects, as well as the bawdy.

The object has a dark grey patina.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1700
Date to: Circa AD 1900

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 53.62 mm
Width: 39.42 mm
Thickness: 6.4 mm
Weight: 114.43 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 1st January 2015 - Saturday 31st January 2015

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Justine Biddle
Identified by: Miss Justine Biddle
Secondary identifier: Ms Vanessa Oakden

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Completeness: Complete

Numismatic data

No numismatic data has been recorded for this coin yet.

Spatial metadata

Region: Wales (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Flintshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Flintshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Mostyn

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Whilst metal detecting with landowners permission
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LVPL
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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