[INDOLOGY] Illustrated Kamasutra

Dominik Wujastyk wujastyk at gmail.com
Tue Feb 11 10:52:23 EST 2014

The MS that was used for the cover of Wendy's book is in fact an incomplete
Nepalese MS that probably included the text of the Ratirahasya or the
Anaṅgaraṅga.  The surviving textual part of the MS includes passages from
Purāṇas, and passages on women's temperaments.

I attach my description of the MS, which is in the Wellcome Library, London
and is formally known as "Wellcome MS Indic alpha 1948".  Several folios
have been digitized and are available on the Wellcome's website.  Go to
http://wellcomeimages.org/ and search for "Nepalese."

Dr Dominik Wujastyk
Department of South Asia, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies<http://stb.univie.ac.at>
University of Vienna,
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1090 Vienna, Austria
Adjunct Professor,
Division of Health and Humanities,
St. John's Research Institute, <http://www.sjri.res.in/> Bangalore, India.
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On 11 February 2014 12:51, Manu Francis <manufrancis at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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)
> http://ceias.ehess.fr/
> http://ceias.ehess.fr/index.php?1725
> http://rcsi.hypotheses.org/
> Associate member, Centre for the Study of Manuscript Culture (SFB 950,
> Universität Hamburg)
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