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THE KAMA SUTRA ILLUMINATED; Erotic Art of India

Pinkney, Andrea (text); Lance Dane (photos

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ISBN 10: 0810935325 / ISBN 13: 9780810935327
Published by Harry N. Abrams, New York, 2002
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Large 4to. 256 pp., introduction, illustrated with color and sepia-tone photographs. Over 200 illustrations; many pages fold out. A splendid, elaborate presentation of Vatsyayana's fourth-century text on the art of erotic love. It not only provides visual illustrations of the world's most famous erotic text, but it reveals the dramatic beauty of Indian erotic art and the range of artistic repsonse to the Kama Sutra through the centuries. Please note: Oversized volume: this book will require additional shipping for destinations outside the US. Please write for details; we will ship at cost. Boards in dust jacket. Light shelfwear. Very good. Bookseller Inventory # 76604

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Title: THE KAMA SUTRA ILLUMINATED; Erotic Art of ...

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, New York

Publication Date: 2002

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A lavishly produced, oversized volume collects significant works of art inspired by the classic text, including temple decorations, bronze sculptures, medieval court painting, and cave frescoes, accompanied by excerpts from the Sir Richard Burton translation.

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There has been a spate of recent translations of this ancient Indian manual for creating balance in one's love life (and maximizing pleasure in the process). Pinkney, a doctoral candidate in Religions and Languages of North India at Columbia University, returns to what she finds to be key passages in Sir Richard Francis Burton's 19th century translation-"Do what is done-/ To a slap, slap back./ And in the same way/ Return kisses with kisses"-illustrating them with reproductions from the rich tradition of Indian sensual art. With detailed explanations and contextualizations, Pickney tries to get close to the original intentions of Hindu sage Vatsyayana in composing his fourth century text. She is aided by 200 full-color images of sculptures, paintings and objects depicting sexual acrobatics gathered by Lance Dane (a founder of Delhi's Sanskriti Museum of Every Day Art), which concretize the sage's advice on everything from "how to inspire confidence in her" to the use of dildos. Beyond the various positions for intercourse, Vatsyayana produced a masterful series of lists, some of which might pique the ire of feminists. Within a list about "types of women known to turn from propriety," he includes "high-rollers," "opinionated women," and "actors' wives." Although society has (perhaps) changed, the intricate ways lovers can bite or scratch each other have not, and this book reminds that the look of love is as old as it is beautiful.
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