Ladhdhat al-nisâ - The pleasures of women

Suppl. persan 1804 - Bibliothèque nationale de France (Paris, France)

Alternate Titles:

Lazzat al-nisâ (El placer de las mujeres), Die Lust der Frauen, Il piacere delle donne, Le plaisir des femmes, O prazer das mulheres

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Alternate Titles

Lazzat al-nisâ (El placer de las mujeres)
Die Lust der Frauen
Il piacere delle donne
Le plaisir des femmes
O prazer das mulheres

Type
Extent / Format

200 pages / 22.5 x 16.0 cm

Origin
Date
18th century
Language
Artist / School

Author: Pandit Kokkoka

Illustrations

51 miniatures

Short description

The Pleasures of Women is a codex that was made by the Persian author Pandit Kokkoka in the 18th century. It is a guidebook, which is oriented on traditional Indian textbooks on the art of love. The work is decorated with 51 lovely miniatures.

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Ladhdhat al-nisâ - The Pleasures of Women

The Indian tradition of textbooks about the art of love yielded some masterly manuscripts, of which the Kamasutra is probably the most famous and widely reproduced edition. The Pleasures of Women is a codex from the Persian scribe Pandit Kokkoka, who oriented himself on the teachings of the Indian school. The manuscript is illustrated with 51 colorful miniatures.

The Indian Art of Love

Numerous guides about the art of love were created in ancient and medieval India. These were mostly concerned with various problems that could occur during lovemaking. Pandit Kokkoka’s work divided the female sex into four different groups. He described at what days and times each type of woman is most likely to become romantically inclined. Additionally he dedicates himself to the description of various aphrodisiacs and herbal remedies that should strengthen virility.

A Centuries-Old Tradition

What is special about the Kokkokas codex is that the author cited on each page all sources that he had used for his work. Among them are some texts that had already been composed in the time period from 200 to 300 years after Christ and no transcript of which exists today. With his work, Kokkoka founded a completely new genre of love treatise. His manuscripts were translated into numerous languages. The naïve, playful miniatures in pastel colors, which mostly show people making love, make the manuscript particularly appealing.

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