Desire and diversity

While evidence for same-sex (gay and lesbian) desire has often been overlooked in the past, museums and their collections can allow us to look back and see the diversity of human desire and gender throughout history.

This group of objects, chosen by curator Richard B. Parkinson explore these themes in the British Museum collection. Some images contain explicit scenes.

  1. 1. The Ain Sakhri Lovers
  2. 2. A letter to William Bankes
  3. 3. An ancient Egyptian god
  4. 4. Ganymede
  5. 5. The Epic of Gilgamesh
  6. 6. A gender-changing goddess
  7. 7. The tomb inscription of Hor and Suty
  8. 8. The 'Warren cup'
  9. 9. An imperial romance
  10. 10. The lesbian poet
  11. 11. Greek men together
  12. 12. Out in Africa
  13. 13. The lord of the dance
  14. 14. 'New' worlds
  15. 15. Hadrian
  16. 16. Desire in the museum
  17. 17. Japanese prints

Related book

A Little Gay History: Desire and Diversity across the world by Richard B. Parkinson is published by the British Museum Press.
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