Original antique Japanese color woodblock Hokusai
(1760-1849). Shunga (Erotic print). Date: c.1815-17.
(' The Adonis Plant') a.k.a. 'Lovemaking at New Year's'. Oban yoko-e
size: 15" x 10" inches.
Fine impression with
gauffrage and use of metallic pigments, very good colors and
Slight centerfold, very slightly trimmed, some minor
wrinkling and soiling. A very small repair (hardly
Minor marks and flaws else in an excellent state for
a print of this period and extreme rarity !
From Hokusai's most
celebrated shunga series Fukujuso, this is plate 7
depicting the maladroit rape scene !
This print is from the
earliest edition of this series with the text printed above the
figures ! The Fukujuso series has been described in
countless books, treatises, essays, magazines...etc.
The 'Fukujuso'-series is
characterized by the enormous scale of the figures, their
exceptionally bold placement on the page, and the contrast between
the rounded nude forms and the terse crinkled lines of the
Pl. 7: "Hokusai here offers us a
welcome change of pace: turning from the world of passionate
lovers to a scene of near-comedy - as a clownish sansuké,
bath-house attendant, attempts to seduce a maiden he has long
lusted for, as she emerges from the bath. Although in general rape
scenes do not appeal to me, in this case one tends to sympathize
with the clumsy, love-lorn servant - who holds a coin in his ear,
as was the custom of purse-less lackeys". (excerpt from
Vol.23 of Richard Lane and Yoshikazu Hayashi's treatise on Hokusai's
oban series Fukujuso)
An extremely rare opportunity
for the devoted collector to own one of Hokusai's shunga