The Complete Illustrated Kama Sutra
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The erotic sentiments described in the Hindu love classic the Kama Sutraconstitute the most famous work on sex ever created. Written almost 2,000 years ago, the Kama Sutra deals with all aspects of sexual life, including the principles and techniques of sexual pleasure and how to best achieve ecstatic expression of life's beauty. In this complete and illustrated guide Lance Dane accompanies the Kama Sutratext with 269 illustrations and great works of art that encompass coins, palm leaf manuscripts, sculptures, ancient toys, jewelry, architecture, ivory combs, birch bark, cloth, paintings, frescoes, and scrolls. Gathered from museums and private collections around the world-as well as the author's own collection of over 300,000 photographs-these rare images clearly illustrate all 64 sexual positions and the erotic instructions set forth in the Kama Sutra. The result is a dazzling and sensuous reading experience through which the teachings of the Kama Sutraspring to life.

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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 178 x 250 x 30mm | 1,039.98g
  • Inner Traditions Bear and Company
  • Rochester, United States
  • English
  • 269 color illustrations
  • 0892811382
  • 9780892811380
  • 16,099

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"Gives us the dazzling artwork from museums and private collections worldwide... fascinating...sex has not changed in over 2,000 years." Lois Mark Stalvey, Red Rock News, January 28, 2004 "A new, gorgeously illustrated edition of the famous Hindu Classic." Erotic Review, Dec/Jan 2004, Issue 58 "It is not, in fact, a pornographic work, but a book depicting the art of living for the civilized and refined citizen, finding its expression in the sphere of love, eroticism, and the sensual pleasures of life... Rather than calling the Kama Sutra pornography and hiding it on the highest shelf of their bookcases, Western readers should see it as the expression of a refined, sophisticated people on the art of love." Audrey Chaix, Vulpes Libris, Jan 2010

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SEXUALITY Completely illustrated for the first time, the Hindu love classic the Kama Sutra continues the most famous work on sex ever created. Written almost 2,000 years ago, the Kama Sutra deals with all aspects of sexual life, including the principles and techniques of sexual pleasure and how to best achieve ecstatic union. In this complete and illustrated guide Lance Dane accompanies the Kama Sutra text with 250 illustrations and great works of art from coins, palm leaf manuscripts, sculptures, ancient toys, jewelry, architecture, ivory combs, birch bark, cloth, paintings, frescoes, and scrolls. Gathered from museums and private collections around the world--as well the author's own collection of over 300,000 photographs--these rare images clearly illustrate all 64 sexual positions and the erotic instructions set forth in the Kama Sutra. The result is a dazzling and sensuous reading experience through which the teachings of the Kama Sutra spring to life. LANCE DANE is a writer, photographer, renowned scholar, and the founder of the Sanskriti Museum of Everyday Art in Delhi. He has dedicated over five decades to researching and archiving all aspects of the Kama Sutra and other pre-Vedic and Vedic classical erotica. His private collections of over 9,000 books on Indian art and architecture and his 300,000 archival photographs are housed in the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts in New Delhi. He lives in India.

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About Vatsyayana Mallanaga

Lance Dane is a writer, photographer, renowned scholar, and the founder of the Sanskriti Museum of Every Day Art in Delhi. He has dedicated over five decades to researching and archiving all aspects of the Kama Sutra and other pre-Vedic and Vedic classical erotica. His private collections of over 9,000 books on Indian art and architecture and his 300,000 archival photographs are housed in the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts in New Delhi. He lives in India.

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Table of contents

The Complete Illustrated Kama Sutra Preface to Kama Sutra Introduction to Kama Sutra Book 1--General Principles Study of the Shastras Dharma, Artha, Kama Study of Arts, Sciences Man about Town Nayikas and Messengers Book 2--Love-Play and Sexual Union Sexual Union The Embrace The Kiss Pressing and Nail Marks The Bite Sexual Vigor and Intensity Striking and Spontaneous Sounds Donning the Male Role Oral Congress Beginning and End of Congress Book 3--Courtship and Marriage Betrothal and Marriage Instilling Confidence in the Bride Courting a Maid Behavior of a Couple Kinds of Marriage Book 4--The Wife Duties of a Wife Senior and Junior Wives Book 5--Seducing the Wives of Others Characteristics of Men and Women Getting Acquainted Ascertaining Emotions Duties of a Go-between Behavior of a King Conduct of Ladies of the Inner Court Book 6--The Courtesan Beguiling the Right Man Living as his Wife Acquiring Wealth Reconciliation Special Gains Gains and Losses Book 7--Secret Lore, Extraneous Stimulation, and Sexual Power Beautifying the Body Regarding Virility

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