Incantation Against Impotence Tablet from Hattusa

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 03 September 2018

This clay tablet gives some methods of how to treat sexual impotency. For example:
"If a man's potency comes to an end in the month of nisannu, you catch a male partridge, you pluck its wings, strangle it and flatter salt on it; you pound it up together with mountain dadanu plant! You give it to him to drink in beer and then that man will get potency".
"...if ditto: The penis of a male partridge, the saliva of a bull with an erection, the saliva of a sheep with an erection, the saliva of a goat with an erection. You give [these to] him to drink in water. Then wrap up in hair from the tail and wool from the perineum of a sheep and put it at his thigh and then he will get potency".
13th century BCE, from Hattusa (Bogazkoy), in modern-day Turkey. (Museum of Archaeology, Istanbul, Turkey).



About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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