A WALL painting in an ancient Egyptian tomb, showing an intimate embrace between two male manicurists, could be the first recorded depiction of an openly homosexual couple.
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Mwah ... is this the first recorded gay kiss?
Mwah ... is this the first recorded gay kiss?
Mwah ... is this the first recorded gay kiss?

A WALL painting in an ancient Egyptian tomb, showing an intimate embrace between two male manicurists, could be the first recorded depiction of an openly homosexual couple.

The theory has emerged from an international conference at the University of Wales, Swansea, which debated the significance of the unusual tomb, dating from 4,000 years ago, which contains paintings of the men in a clutch.

A WALL painting in an ancient Egyptian tomb, showing an intimate embrace between two male manicurists, could be the first recorded depiction of an openly homosexual couple.

The theory has emerged from an international conference at the University of Wales, Swansea, which debated the significance of the unusual tomb, dating from 4,000 years ago, which contains paintings of the men in a clutch.

The suggestion that the two men, called Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep, won social acceptance for their relationship four millenniums before last month’s legal sanctioning of gay unions raises the prospect that the tomb will become a gay honeymoon destination. The site already attracts many gay tourists.

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