Chinese Erotic Pillow Book

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Given by her mother on her wedding day, a pillow book was meant to teach a young bride about the art of love making. This rare museum-quality 19th century piece is composed of 12 masterfully painted scenarios depicting a new bride and her groom (and their servant) on paper, mounted to a long silk scroll.
Many pillow books were destroyed during the early days of Communist China. Most of the surviving erotic scrolls have been cut into individual pieces and sold as small paintings which makes this complete piece even more valuable.

Details

  • Place of Origin
    China
  • Date of Manufacture
    19th century
    Dimensions
    14.5 in. H x 95 in. W x 1.5 in. D
    37 cm H x 241 cm W x 4 cm D
  • Seller Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    U0805218200308
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