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Chinese erotic art emphasizes the equality of man and woman both enjoying their pleasure.
Chinese erotic art emphasizes the equality of man and woman both enjoying their pleasure.
Wang Jun

BEIJING — Ancient Chinese erotic drawings have been well-documented throughout history — in the Book of Han, for example, a classical Chinese history finished in 111 AD of the Han dynasty between 206 BC to 25 AD.

Numerous well-respected classical artists have also been painters of erotic art. The most famous is Zhou Fang, the Tang painter whose “Spring Night Secret Game Picture”has been just asfamous throughout the ages as his other more traditional works such as “Court Ladies Adorning Their Hair with Flowers.” The erotic painting depicts the boudoir pleasures of the Tang Dynasty’s Emperor Ming and his favorite consort, Lady Yang Guifei. Though the original painting no longer exists, there is a copy by Qiu Ying, another important Ming dynasty painter.

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From the outside, one might have the impression that the Russian Federation is run through a highly complex and well-coordinated apparatus that ensures that any single cog in Vladimir Putin’s system is by definition both in synch with the other cogs — and utterly replaceable. The Kremlin appears to us through this lens as an impregnable citadel with long arms and peering eyes that are literally everywhere.

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