Thursday, June 18, 2009

Chinese classics

Dear friends,
These images come from the Catamite Gay Asian Collections which as we all know is no longer available.

Lot's going on in this China-classics section. First the Statue at the entrance of the sex museum in Tong Li. Then three images of the late Qing paintings on silk. The transcript reads: 'Young actor and young man of letters sipping tea'. Must be very hot tea! The next two images are called Under the mulberry tree.
The black and white is a woodcut print named "The way of the academians." The silkscreen painting just below that is called "actor", I don't think it's acting what he does, but my guess is; 'the bottom is an actor'. Starting to see a theme? The next one is a scene in a brothel as depicted in the late 19th century. The wallscreen below that is again filled with actors and academians. One might start to think that gay live was commonly associated with the upper class. Not truth, gay sex was in no way regarded differently from other forms of sexuality. As one can see on the China- (or Beijing-) scroll at the bottom (Qing dynasty, late 19th century), [gay-]sexuality was something thought on some academies and were encouraged to be explored among themselves.
The last picture is again from the courtyard of the Tong Li sex museum. by the way: the museum no longer exists.

Follow your passion,

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