They have been created by nearly every civilization, ancient and modern.
Early cultures often associated the sexual act with supernatural forces and thus their religion is intertwined with such depictions.
The Greeks and Romans produced much art and decoration of an erotic nature, much of it integrated with their religious beliefs and cultural practices.
The male figure has been named Adonis von Zschernitz.
One artifact from Egypt, called the Turin Erotic Papyrus has been dubbed the "men's magazine" of its time.
Among the oldest surviving examples of erotic depictions are Paleolithic cave paintings and carvings.
Some of the more common images are of animals, hunting scenes and depictions of human genitalia.