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A Sexual Posture

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Description Albums of such paintings, made not for titillation but for education in the art of sex, often illustrate postures described in various sexual manuals, such as Vatsyayana's well-known "Kamasutra." This function is clear from an inscription added to the top red border of this picture which states that this is the picture of the posture known as "kissing both eyes."
  • Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham. 2001-2003.
Provenance Sharma, New Delhi, India [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore, August 1984, by purchase.
Inscriptions At top
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2013

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ca. 1725
pigments on paper
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 5 9/16 x W: 4 3/16 in. (14.1 x 10.6 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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