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There was a time when Chinese erotic art was no biggie. Throughout the nation, gorgeous works of art made from stone to ceramic to paintings to porcelain of couples having sex adorned homes and temples. Though it may sound super smutty, Chinese erotic art was more than just gratuitous pornographic material. The art itself was based on Taoist philosophy and that sex can help couples achieve greater happiness and longevity. Let’s take a look behind closed doors at the fascinating world of ancient Chinese erotica.

Chinese Erotic Art

Chinese Erotic Art

Not About Sex

Pornography is what usually pops into our heads when we thinking of today’s erotica. But for Chinese erotic art there something entirely different. Ancient Chinese erotica represents harmony and often includes hidden symbols of couples connecting with the spring of sexuality. Chinese erotic art is layered with ideas of femininity, and narratives that include humor, tenderness, and love.

Chinese Erotic Art

Chinese Erotic Art

What Happened with Chinese Erotic Art

Ancient Chinese erotic art illustrates how sexually liberated the culture was at one time and spans from antiquity until the late Ming Dynasty. Then came the decade of the Cultural Revolution between 1966 and 1976 and it was unceremoniously swept under the carpet. This cultural revolution in China led to the suppression of Taoism and Confucianism, temples and the arts were all neutered. Sexual expression was completely quashed and Chinese citizens were expected to wear sexually neutral clothing.

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Who Wants to See?

As China becomes even more prosperous, the nation’s people have a chance of getting touch with all things that were lost. There’s a new generation of Chinese people eager to reconnect with the past and that includes ancient Chinese erotica. However, the majority of the surviving erotic art pieces are secretly guarded. Dutch art collector Ferdinand Bertholet, who purchased over 500 pieces of ancient Chinese erotica in the 1970’s, is making the rounds and recently displayed the work at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong.

Chinese Erotic Art

Chinese Erotic Art

Chinese Erotic Art

Chinese Erotic Art

Chinese Erotic Art

 
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