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The Kinsey Institute Today

Volume 20, Number 2, September 1997

upper left: Untitled, Utagawa Kunisada, color wood block print, ca. 1850

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lower left: Male Nude, Fire Island, George Platt Lynes, gelatin silver print, 1952

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upper right: 10903, BR Female (Breast Female), artist unknown, hand-colored photograph, ca. 1885. At the inception of photography, the general public was awed by the medium's capability to perfectly render the natural world. However, lack of color was noted as a major flaw in the medium's realism by many of the most ardent supporters of photography. Hand-coloring techniques were quickly developed to remedy this criticism.

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lower right: Appearance of Kwannon to a Man, Akio Takamori, porcelain sculpture, 1995. This sculpture was donated to the Kinsey Institute in November 1996 by Akio Takamori and his wife, Vicky. The artist, who recalls reading Alfred Kinsey's publications on sexual behavior in the human male and female in his father's library in southern Japan as a teenager, is pleased to have his work represented in the institute's extensive collection of erotic art. The sculpture depicts a man engaged in sexual fantasy who is visited by the Buddhist goddess of mercy, Kwannon.

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Full images in black and white below.

Credits

Kunisada

Torso

Woman

Kwannon

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