Statuette of a snake goddess. Early Aegean, Minoan Bronze Age, Late Minoan I Period or Modern about 1600–1500 B.C. or early 20th century. Height: 16.1 cm (6 5/16 in.). Gold, ivory. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
She has long been admired by many experts, but some have questioned her authenticity.
Bernard Perroud. African Yoni. Cardboard, paper, glue, dirt, pigments. Max. 35 cm.
Back side or bottom.
“The purer the consciousness, the bluer and clearer the sky.” Tantra Song by Franck André Jamme, published by Siglio Press.
Bronze female figure. Cretan. Late Minoan I. 1600-1450 BCE. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.
Hamra Abbas. “Lessons on Love 3” (2007), one of a set of life-size works depicting the sexual embrace of a male and female. The sculptures, made of Plasticinine, polystyrene and metal are based on erotic miniature paintings from the Kama Sutra (which loosely translates as “Lessons of Love”), and in particular, on an image that shows a man and a woman seated in a howdah—a canopied carriage mounted on horseback—in coitus while in the middle of a hunting scene. The Kama Sutra, an ancient Hindu text believed to have been compiled in the second century CE, proclaims hunting to be one of the important social arts, and that without mastering this activity one cannot achieve aesthetic and sexual pleasure. The one-ton clay sculptures, with their muted expressions, seem captured in stone rather than in the throes of love. By transforming the ancient illustrations into life-size sculptures, Abbas makes a wry comment on the paradoxical relationship between sex and violence. At Lawrie Shabibi.