Many erotic statues depict mythological characters who are symbiotically involved with erotic activities. One popular motif is that of a lustful faun who seduces a virgin. This depiction of erotic relationships is an expression of the unbridled sexual instinct of the era.
Many religious buildings, including temples, often feature erotic statues. The statues depict a particular body part in order to arouse the viewer. For instance, a statue depicting a woman’s genitalia or breasts is considered erotic, while a statue featuring her legs might evoke a different emotion. A statue depicting a pregnant woman might be considered erotic even though it does not have a face.
Erotic statues can range from purely nude to those that are dressed to the nines. Many nude sculptures resemble the human form, which could be a symbol for vulnerability. For example, Greek heroic statues often include ideal bodies and nudity. While their lack of clothing or revealing poses may not be erotic, they lack the suggestive nature of erotic statues.
One of the most famous erotic statues is that of the famous French sculptor, Rodin. His famous “The Thinker” sculpture is often viewed as a defining piece of art, but many of his other works are also considered erotic. Another famous piece, “The Eternal Idol”, depicts a couple submitting to one another. The Musee Rodin in the 7th arrondissement of Paris houses many of his pieces.
Another erotic statue can be found in Khajuraho (a small town in central India). The temples in this town have erotic sculptures that have fascinated foreign and Indian visitors alike. While 90% of the statues depict the daily activities of people, the erotic statues are not necessarily sexual.
During the 19th century, erotic nudes sculptures were created. This revival lasted for 40 years, from 1880 to 1914, and was halted by the first world war. Today, these bronze figurines are considered among the most sought after collectibles. Some of these figurines can still be purchased at auctions. These figurines are valuable collectibles that reflect the spirit and history 19th century.
It is believed that erotic statues represent health and life. These figurines were considered protective and auspicious by medieval people, who called them alankaras. They were also mentioned in authoritative religious texts. These sculptures are referred to in the Brihat Samhita as mithunas or as a source for good luck.
While nude statues and erotic statues share many common themes, their legal classification depends on the community and jurisdiction in question. Both styles of art focus on the beauty of the human body. They may portray the entire body, or may be designed for a specific purpose. For example, Michelangelo’s Belvedere Torso was inspired by the torso’s shape.