Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran

Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran

Alfiyah va shalfiyah

Alfiyah va shalfiyah

This manuscript is one of the class of works that goes by the generic title of ‘Lizzat al-nisa’’ or ‘Women’s pleasure.’ It covers the use of medicinal drugs for personal beauty and as aphrodisiacs, and a manual explaining and illustrating various positions during sexual intercourse. The text ultimately derives from Sanskrit works such as the Kamasutra and Kokashastra. The manuscript is of Indian provenance, as is clear from the thirty-four illustrations executed in a popular nineteenth-century style. There is a personal seal, illegible, on the last page.

Item Details

  • Date late 19th/early 20th century
  • Dimensions 23 x 14 cm
  • Collections Majlis Library, Museum and Document Center
  • Repository Majlis Library, Museum and Document Center (5421)
  • Restrictions Use of collection materials for publication purposes must cite Majlis Library, Museum and Document Center (Tehran, Iran) as current repository. Use of material for commercial purposes is contingent upon acquiring the Repository's permission.
  • Accessed 3 September 2012
  • Last Edited 17 October 2012
  • Record no. 1018A20
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