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Erotic art history (12) --- Turkey, 19th century

(From the pages of Erotic Art History:)

Today’s piece of historic erotic art comes to us from 19th century Turkey from the book Sawaqub al-Manaquib.  In this scene, a male couple engages in anal sex on the floor.  Both men have their pants pulled down to their knees with one man laying on his stomach and turning to regard his partner with a light and placid smile as he props himself up on his elbows.  The other man, also regarding his partner with a light smile, leans forward on his knees approaching his partner from behind, placing both of his hands on the man’s shoulders as his cock aligns with his partner’s asshole, only a thrust away from penetration.  Meanwhile, the man on the floor holds a cup of wine poured from a nearby flask that is just beginning to spill from his hand as he looks over his shoulder to meet the gaze of his lover as he prepares to slides his cock into his partner’s ass.


(1) WIKIPEDIA IMAGE: “An illustration from the 19th Century book Sawaqub al-Manaquib”
SOURCE NOTES: While Wikipedia itself is general a relatively solid source for factual articles, the image information is far less thoroughly reviewed and vetted and is often deeply incomplete (frequently being lifted from other web sites who also provide only inadequate and unvetted information, as opposed to content provided by an academic or original source) leaving the image information to be taken with many grains of salt regarding factual errors and writer bias.
In this case, while I can believe that the image is from 19th century Turkey, the title “Spilling the Wine” is likely to have come from more modern times.  Also, though possible, I am skeptical that the person on the floor is a “wine boy”, given that both A) men appear to B) be the same age and with C) the man on the floor appearing to be mildly larger than the man preparing to penetrate him and D) the history of many of the notes on Wikipedia’s erotic art assuming that male figures being penetrated are youths when they appear to be adults and women to be sex workers when there is no indication that this is the case.  (Similarly, most explicitly transgender erotic art on Wikipedia is misclassified as “gay” or “lesbian”.)