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Ancient erotic vase found in Bulgaria

April 23, 2012 at 4:58 PM

SOFIA, Bulgaria, April 23 (UPI) -- The director of the National History Museum in Bulgaria said an ancient Greek vase depicting an "unconventional" sex scene was unearthed in a coastal town.

Bozhidar Dimitrov, director of the National History Museum in Sofia, said the vase was discovered by archaeologists working in along the fortified wall of Sozopol, along the coast of the Black Sea, the Sofia Echo reported Monday.

"There is a strong erotic scene on the vase, which unfortunately was discovered in several fragments. There are several naked young boys and girls, having sex in some unconventional way. Such a scene is found for the first time on the territory of our country," Dimitrov said. "The scene is a rarity. We have thousands of vases found here, but this is the first one with such a scene on it. We have seen similar items in Greece."

Experts said the work appears to have been made by the Artist of the Running Satyr, a prominent artist of the period around the 6th and 7th centuries B.C.

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