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Folk Erotica

Origin United States, New York
Period 1920-1949
Materials Carved Mahogany
W. 17.5 in; H. 15 in; D. 26 in;
W. 44.45 cm; H. 38.1 cm; D. 66.04 cm;
Condition Excellent.
Creation Date Circa 1920
Description Anonymous artist. Buffalo, New York. Verbal history stated that this carving is believed to have been created by a sex cult leader in Buffalo, New York. Charged with forbidden sexuality, this scene is set at the water’s edge. One woman swoons under her lover’s caress. Historically, such lesbian images were created for the entertainment of men. This work is surprisingly sensitive to the subject and is both erotically and emotionally convincing. Two additional carvings of women with graphic poses by the same maker are known to exist.
Styles / Movements Americana, Folk Art, Other
Book References Illustrated in Milton Simpson, Folk Erotica: Celebrating Centuries of Erotic Americana (HarperCollins, 1994), page 67.
Incollect Reference Number 187907
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