The symbolism of erotic art is exponential and is best seen in the wide range and sizes of mammoth ivory erotic sculptures. Considered to be one of the hallmarks of Oriental mysticism, mammoth ivory erotic sculptures are a form of Shunga art, where the sexual aspects of life are depicted creatively in symbolic and figural forms. It emerged in early modern Japan and has become a mainstay today.
From intrinsically portrayed geishas to Doctor’s lady which was used for medical ailment diagnosis, erotic art has been in vogue since the 14th century when the mammoth ivory netsuke and carvings were a coveted theme in the conservative Oriental society. Though it started with erotic symbolism in sculpture and netsuke, the demand for the art pieces has risen over the years with art collectors and connoisseurs.
Mammoth ivory erotic figures
The Master Carvers have been able to utilize the mammoth ivory pieces and many of them are sculpted into scenes from the Kamasutra, the Indian sex book. Apart from other varied sexual unions and positions, these are hand crafted and etched with each tiny detail creatively done. The theme of the carving remains erotic yet the Master Carver’s skill showcases the tastefully crafted figurines. The fossil ivory is fragile yet solid material to work with.
Crafted from mammoth ivory pieces of tusks, the varied sizes are conceptualized and carved by the Master Carvers that are experts in ivory carving, a rare skillset today. Some of the erotic sculptures have hues of pigmentation that is due to the 100% legal mammoth ivory lying under the permafrost for centuries. The absorption of the soil minerals into the organic ivory leads to the different hues. Each mammoth ivory erotic sculpture is set upon a stable base of teak wood, which enhances the beauty of the figurines.