Concubines and Courtesans
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Spanning the period from around 1600 to the 1920s, Bertholet offers a richly documented view of Chinese erotic art, with the emphasis on the role of the woman. Drawing on his own collection of art and artefacts, including porcelain figures, lotus shoes, fans and photographs of brothels, he discusses Chinese philosophies, the culture of bound feet and the lives of courtesans, before examining Chinese erotic art and imagery, from paintings and ivory carvings to calendar posters of the 1920s. Sexually explicit.