Persian Kama Sutra

Facsímil del Kamasutra Persa - Editorial Siloe

The Persian Kama Sutra is a manuscript with 119 delightful full-page miniatures collected mainly in Persia, but also in India, Iran and Kashmir.

Siloé is pleased to present this illuminate facsimile codex of the Persian Kama Sutra in a limited edition of 600 copies.

The miniatures, handmade with impact gold and silver forms, illustrate pages of persian origin love poetry as well as other pages which are not expressly about love.

The book’s sections cover various aspects, including courtship techniques, developing social skills through artistic training, partner selection, flirting strategies, sustaining influence in marital life, decisions regarding adultery, exploration of sexual positions, and other related topics.

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.

Vātsyāyana, 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 Kama Sutra manuscript?

This is an unabridged facsimile edition (reproduction of the entire original document), 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 in Sanskrit literature.

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.

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The Persian Kama Sutra: Detailed Information

The Persian Kama Sutra is a translation into Persian of the ancient Hindu text, the Kama Sutra. It is believed to date back to the 12th or 13th century and is one of the oldest translations of the Kama Sutra into a foreign language.

The Persian Kamasutra contains all the information found in the original Kama Sutra, including advice on love, sex, and relationships. However, it also includes some additional materials specific to Persian culture. This makes it a valuable document for understanding the sexual mores of medieval Persia.

The Persian Kamasutra is notable for its frank and open approach to sexuality. It is one of the few ancient texts that openly and shamelessly discusses sex. This makes it a valuable resource for modern scholars interested in understanding past sexual practices.

This facsimile, whose edition is limited to 600 copies with a notarial certificate, consists of 240 pages with 119 splendid full-page miniatures, featuring a profusion of colors and abundant ornamentation in gold and silver. It is bound in handcrafted goat leather on boards, sewn in the ancient manner.

The purchase of this facsimile includes two additional materials: a study book with an introduction by Professor Javier Hernández from the IPOA (Institute of Ancient Near Eastern Studies, University of Barcelona); and the translation of the original Kama Sutra text by Vatsyayana (from the 4th century).

The facsimile of the Persian Kamasutra is presented in an elegant conservation case.

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