Erotic art history (11) --- India, 18-19th century

(From the pages of Erotic Art History:)

Today’s piece of historic erotic art is an undated* painting that appears to be from the 18th or 19th century and comes to us from India. (1) In this scene, we have a male couple who are pantsless but otherwise dressed in finery making use of an inventive and lavishly decorated scaffold constructed for sexual fulfillment.** The scene is taking place on what appears to be the veranda of an opulent estate with dense vegetation visible just past the balcony. The scaffold is extremely ornate, hand painted, and hand carved, and is a structure designed for the unrealistic fantasy of allowing one partner to be hoisted over the other and then dropped at a height perfectly onto the erect cock that awaits him, below.The man being suspended in the air by pulley has hooked an arm beneath a knee on either side in order to pull them apart and spread them wide in somewhat of a “frog legs” posture. His asshole is wide open as a result of this and his ball sack is drawn tight with the unusual detail of each testicle depicted individually. The suspended man appears serene and to be almost absent mindedly caressing the head of his cock with both of his hands as his gaze focuses elsewhere. Meanwhile, his partner who is laying on the ground directly beneath him is in control of the rope suspending his partner in the air which he holds with one hand while he aligns his large erection with his partner’s dangling asshole above with the other. Judging by the slack in the rope, this image depicts the moment when the man on the ground is just releasing the line and his partner is a moment away of landing on his cock asshole first.

* NOTE - Technically I do have a date for this which is 1915, but I find the information to be too suspect to include it in the article (but interesting enough to include as a point of information, here, at the end). I only have one source on this date (linked below). The web page presents a number of images of male couples all with the same “Gay Kama Sutra (1915)” caption, but the images are varied enough in style and quality (and some of which I have other conflicting dates for) that I suspect that they were compiled from a variety of sources rather than actually all being from an original text called the “Gay Kama Sutra” which was composed in 1915 and which I can otherwise find no mention of. While there is nothing to explicitly rule out this piece as being a “retro” style painting from 1915 (as this is an older style of painting more common in the 18th and 19th centuries), I consider the information source to be unreliable and including this information in an advisory capacity should it be of some use to someone else doing detective work on the piece.

** NOTE - As a point of interest, depictions of sex swings and slings are somewhat common in both Indian and Persian erotic art (as the two countries shared a great deal of common culture) and additional samples can be found using the tags at the end of this article.


(1) Artist Alphabet: “Gay kamasutra (1915) Pure gold & watercolor painting on cotton cloth.jpg1″


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