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Chinese Watercolors and Japanese Netsuke.
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Chinese Watercolors.
These unabashed depictions of copulating couples (mainly couples, although group sex was not uncommon either) were often loaded with references to religious and historical issues. Quite predictaby, nudity and its promise have always appealed to all art forms. While it seems that for the past several centuries depictions of naked bodies have been for the most part two-dimensional, earlier civilizations had produced a wealth of sculptural images. While the Greeks may come to mind first and foremost at a mention of ancient erotic sculpture, that stratum of ancient art would be familiar to most unlike the oriental take on erotica manifested in the legacy of ancient Indian, Chinese, and, later, Japanese masters. As demonstrated by the sculptural ornamentation of the Hindu temple of Kajuracho, numerous Chinese engravings and Japanese netsuke, the oriental artist of old made no bones about boners, so to speak, portraying without inhibition explicit sexual acts in full swing. These unabashed depictions of copulating couples (mainly couples, although group sex was not uncommon either) were often loaded with references to religious and historical issues. Unlike in the Occident, sexual practices were regarded as an integral part of human life and therefore perfectly acceptable in all respects.
Japanese Netsuke.
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