Category: Coins & Paper Money > Coins: Ancient > Other
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Sacman75 storeAncient CHINESE EROTIC SPRING LUST MARRIAGE EROTIC COIN Kama Sutra Like EroticaDescriptionPRESENTINGAn Ancient Chinese Marriage CoinRefer to the information below obtained from a website describing this interesting pieceWhile sex education was not a topic freely discussed in ancient China, it was nevertheless important for newlyweds to have a basic understanding of what they should do on their wedding night in order to fulfill their obligation to family and society to have sons. There were several ways to accomplish this but one method was to provide the bride with a coin which displayed the basic sexual positions.These marriage coins or charms usually had an innocuous inscription (legend) such as "Wind, Flowers, Snow, Moon" on one side. The reverse side of the coin would depict one, two, or four couples making love in various sexual positions as can be seen on the coin.The Chinese usually refer to these coins as mixiqian (???) which means "secret play" or "secret fun" coins. They are also known as bi huo qian (???) which means "hide (evade) the fire (of lust) coins". In English, they are variously referred to as Chinese marriage coins, Chinese love coins, Chinese spring money, Chinese erotic coins, Chinese wedding coins, etc.As mentioned, these coins are sometimes called "spring" (chun ?) money. This refers to the ancient Chinese springtime ritual, still practiced today by some ethnic minorities, where boys and girls separated by a stream would sing love songs to each other.Another variation of this springtime love theme is illustrated by the open work charm at the left.The scene refers to the old Chinese saying hua qian yue xia (????) which means "in front of the flowers and under the moon".A young man on the left is pointing at the moon which is the "u"-shaped crescent surrounded by clouds just below the rim at the very top of the charm.A young woman is at the right. Flowers are above and below the circular hole.This charm is said to have originated in Yunnan Province which is home to many Chinese ethnic minorities.The use of the inscription "Wind, Flowers, Snow, Moon" is also consistent with the Chinese esthetic preference to not simply emphasize the sexual act itself. Classical Chinese art likes to also convey the beauty, harmony and natural setting of the action.It is said that these coins also had another purpose. In addition to being titillating, they were apparently used in brothels where a shy patron, or one not conversant in the local Chinese dialect, could communicate his wishes by simply pointing to the desired sexual activity on the coin.It is approx: 1 5/8 inches in diameterIt is metallicWeighs over 3/4 of an ounce on my postal scaleView Pics, and bid accordinglyPlease ask any questions before bidding Check out my other items!Be sure to add me to your favorites list!FEEDBACK: PLEASE READPositive feedback from me is always guaranteed on every transaction after I know that your item has reached you safely and you are 100% satisfied by leaving feedback for me. If for any reason you are not happy with your purchase, contact me and I will resolve any problem that may have occurred. 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