[INDOLOGY] Illustrated Kamasutra

Tieken, H.J.H. H.J.H.Tieken at hum.leidenuniv.nl
Tue Feb 11 08:05:45 EST 2014

As far as I know there are no illustrated mss of the Kamasutra. If I remember well, the illustrations in Wendy Doniger's translation were taken from a medical (!) treatise. How can one possibly illustrate a list of the 20 ways why one would seduce another man's wife (it almost sounds like the Paul Simon song "57 ways to end a marriage" ) ?

Herman Tieken
University of Leiden
The Netherlands
website: hermantieken.com<http://hermantieken.com/>
Van: INDOLOGY [indology-bounces at list.indology.info] namens Manu Francis [manufrancis at gmail.com]
Verzonden: dinsdag 11 februari 2014 12:51
To: Indology
Onderwerp: [INDOLOGY] Illustrated Kamasutra

Dear Colleagues,

I have been asked by a colleague, without being able to provide a clear answer, about the date of the earliest Kamasutra manuscripts with erotic illustrations or simply erotic illustrations derived from the Kamasutra.
Has anybody ideas and, even better, references to share?

With very best wishes.

Emmanuel Francis
Chargé de recherche CNRS, Centre d'étude de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud (UMR 8564, EHESS-CNRS, Paris)
Associate member, Centre for the Study of Manuscript Culture (SFB 950, Universität Hamburg)

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