The Persian Kamasutra is a manuscript with 119 delightful full-page miniatures collected mainly in Persia, but also in India and Kashmir.
Siloé is pleased to present this facsimile of the Persian Kamasutra in a limited edition of 600 copies.
The miniatures, handmade with impact gold and silver forms, illustrate pages of love poetry as well as other pages which are not expressly about love.
They are richly coloured, technically harmonious in their execution, with a highly varied and evocative framing and a powerful visual impact.
This type of literature traditionally came from India or Persia to Pakistan or Afghanistan, later crossing Iraq or Syria along one of the branches of the ancient ‘Silk Road’. At present, that flow and influence has all but disappeared.
Contrary to the widespread belief that it is merely a treatise on imaginative erotic postures, the Kama Sutra is actually a much more complex and comprehensive treatise that delves into the fundamentals of the erotic union of man and woman.
The Kama Sutra delves into the mystery of love and exposes the secrets of a virtuous, pleasurable and fulfilling love life in order to ultimately serve the sacred law that it must ultimately uphold.
The origin of this long and rich tradition of erotic literature is the treatise of “aphorisms on sexuality” – for that is the etymological meaning of “Kama Sutra” – by Vatsyayana, a 4th century religious Hindu erudite individual.
Vatsyayana, who lived in the Gupta period – one of the greatest empires in the history of India – deals with the secrets of genuine sexuality in an uncomplicated manner. He talks about sexual postures and games and the “art of playing with each other”, but also about a host of other valuable details of such amorous frolicking.
For ancient Hindus, broadly speaking, life had three great purposes: religious piety (Dharma), material success (Artha), and sexual pleasure (Kama). Such three purposes eventually merged into one, in which erotic mysticism and physical beauty played a predominant role.
Would you like to buy a facsimile copy of the Persian Kamasutra?
This is an unabridged facsimile edition, limited to 600 copies for the whole world, comes with its notarial certificate, accompanied by a study book and the translation of the text of the original treatise.
It comprises 240 pages with 120 full-page miniatures, with a considerable profusion of colours, gold and silver. If you are interested in acquiring a copy, please click here and we will contact you so you can actually get to see it.