Antique  ( Shunga )  Woodblock

Hokusai Katsushika  葛飾北斎 ( 1760 ~ 1849 )

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Very Rare Hokusai Shunga - Sex Toy - c.1814.

Very Rare Hokusai Shunga - Sex Toy - c.1814.

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Very rare Japanse color woodblock Hokusai (1760-1849). Size: 8" x 10 1/2" inches. 
Date: c.1814. Excellent impression (with gauffrage), color and condition. 
Series: "Kinoe no komatsu" (Languishing for Love/ Young Pine Saplings).

Lovers at a climatic moment. The woman's blue crumpled undergarment is a favourite detail in Hokusai's shunga (it also appears in white and red). It adds a special accent to many of his erotic pictures, as do the intricately patterned robes. The man uses a sex toy called higozuiki, a dried taro (arum maculatum) stalk that was wound around the penis, supposedly to enhance the woman's enjoyment. ( p. 160 in 'Japanese Erotic Fantasies' by C. Uhlenbeck and M. Winkel )



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Famous Hokusai Shunga - Chinese Couple - c.1814.

Famous Hokusai Shunga - Chinese Couple - c.1814.

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Very rare Japanse color woodblock Hokusai (1760-1849). Size: 8" x 10 1/2" inches. 
Date: c.1814. Excellent impression (with gauffrage), color and condition. 
Series: "Kinoe no komatsu" (Languishing for Love/ Young Pine Saplings).

A Chinese lover collects vaginal fluid with a ladle. A notion that foreigners - Chinese as well as Europeans - 
were very keen on collecting vaginal fluids for medicinal or other uses, was very popular in Edo Japan 
(see Screech 1999: 284-86 and Lane and Hayashi (1995-98/2000:vol. supplemental vol. 1, 85-8, pl.95-101). 
(p. 161 in 'Japanese Erotic Fantasies' by C. Uhlenbeck and M. Winkel)

A very influential design by Hokusai treated in many books on shunga !



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Very Rare Hokusai Shunga - Writing - c.1814.

Very Rare Hokusai Shunga - Writing - c.1814.

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Very rare Japanse color woodblock Hokusai (1760-1849). Size: 8" x 10 1/2" inches. 
Date: c.1814. Excellent impression (with gauffrage), color and condition. 
Series: "Kinoe no komatsu" (Languishing for Love/ Young Pine Saplings).

A striking and comic design by one of the greatest Ukiyo-e artists !



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Very Rare Hokusai Shunga - Lesbian Couple - c.1814.

Very Rare Hokusai Shunga - Lesbian Couple - c.1814.

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Very rare Japanse color woodblock Hokusai (1760-1849). Size: 8" x 10 1/2" inches. 
Date: c.1814. Excellent impression (with gauffrage), color and fine condition. Very minor soiling. 
Series: "Kinoe no komatsu" (Languishing for Love/ Young Pine Saplings).

> This specific print can also be found on Wikimedia.

A famous design depicting two women having sex. One of them is wearing a dildo (harikata) !



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Rare Landscape Surimono – Hokusai – Travellers – Maisaka Station – c.1804.

Rare Landscape Surimono – Hokusai – Travellers – Maisaka Station – c.1804.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock print by Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849). 
Surimono
(Commisioned print). Date: c.1804. Koban yoko-e size: 6 1/2” x 4 3/4” inches. 
Series: ‘The Fifty-three Stations of Tokaido’. Title: ‘Maisaka Station’. Fine impression, 
very good color and condition. A small (tissue backed) wormhole otherwise in a very nice state.

“Some travellers passing each other at Maisaka Station. The man wearing the straw basket is a komuso monk. During the Edo era, Maisaka was in Totomi province and nowadays it’s named the Shozuoka Prefecture.”



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Rare Landscape Surimono – Hokusai – Ship – Arai Station – c.1804.

Rare Landscape Surimono – Hokusai – Ship – Arai Station – c.1804.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock print by Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849). 
Surimono
(Commisioned print). Date: c.1804. Koban yoko-e size: 6 1/2” x 4 3/4” inches. 
Series: ‘The Fifty-three Stations of Tokaido’. Title: ‘Arai Station’. Fine impression,
very good color and condition. A small (tissue backed) wormhole otherwise in a very nice state.

“Two ships nar the coast at Arai Station. During the Edo era, Arai was in Totomi province and nowadays it’s named the Shozuoka Prefecture.”


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Hokusai Katsushika ( 1760 ~ 1849 )

Hokusai Katsushika ( 1760-1849 )

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Katsushika Hokusai – Tongue Kissing – The Jewelled Wig – c.1820.

 

Katsushika Hokusai – Tongue Kissing – The Jewelled Wig – c.1820.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849). Shunga (Spring picture). Date: c.1820.
Size: 10 1/5" x 8 3/4" inches. Series: Tamakazura (The Jewelled Wig). Fine impression, color and very good condition.
Very minor wear and soiling, some very tiny wormholes. Beautiful use of metallic pigments and embossing on the blanket.

Great design with a courtesan having intercourse with a regular (the tongue kissing is an indication!) client underneath a green blanket. The objects such as the tobacco pouch on the box behind them and the books laying near the woman’s head are ‘silent witnesses’ of their precoital activities. Look for Hokusai’s deliberate placement (a well-known stylistic addition of his!) of the blanket in the composition exposing the couple’s genitalia!

Tamakazura is one of Hokusai’s more obscure, less publicized book series. The title is apparently an allusion to Tamakazura (also known as Jewelled Flower Wreath), chapter 22 in the Tale of Genji.

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Hokusai Katsushika ( 1760 ~ 1849 )Hokusai School ( 1760-1849 )

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Hokusai - Pictures Of A Journey - c.1835.Hokusai - Pictures Of A Journey - c.1835.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849). Date: c.1835. Size: 11 1/7" x 8 2/3" inches. 
Very good impression, color and condition. From the well-known ehon (book) series: 'Dochu Gafu' (Pictures of a Journey). Minor toning, a few light spots, marks and flaws.

A delightful image of travellers crossing the river in a boat.

This series was published after his hugely successful "36 Views of Fuji". These ascetic designs capture the vitality of Hokusai's genius wonderfullly. Many of the images mimic his famous works in "100 Views of Fuji" and "36 Views of Fuji", sceneries that Hokusai perhaps felt the need to revisit.

 


 

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Oban Shunga - Hokusai - Lacquer Tray - c.1820s.

 

Oban Shunga - Hokusai - Lacquer Tray - c.1820s.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock attributed to Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849). Shunga (Erotic print). 
Date: c.1820s. Oban yoko-e size: 14 1/2" x 10" inches. Very good impression, color and condition. 
Faint vertical centerfold, very slightly faded, minor marks and flaws. No repairs and virtually full size.

A couple making love near sliding doors, a lacquer tray with haircombs to the side, inscriptions above and to the left. 
It also suggested that this print might have been made by a pupil of Hokusai, Katsushika Hokuichi (active 1804-1830).

Reference:
Another (more trimmed) impression of this design was sold at the Asian Ceramics and Works of Art at Christie's in A'dam on Tuesday 8 May 2001 (Illus.10 on p.13).

 


 

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Shunga Masterpiece - Hokusai - Models Of Loving Couples - c.1812.

 

Shunga Masterpiece - Hokusai - Models Of Loving Couples - c.1812.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849). Shunga (Erotic print). Date: c.1812-14. 
Oban yoko-e size: 14 1/4" x 9 1/3" inches. Series: '(Ehon) tsui no hinagata (Models of Loving Couples)'. 
Very good impression, color and condition. Very slight centerfold, some trimming and very small repair but generally in a very good state. Wonderful printed details such as metallic pigments and embossing.

The lovers at this print look at the screen as if they've been caught by someone peering at them from behind it. 
A virtuoso technique can be noted in the design of the fabrics with the pattern of small squares and intersecting lines. The portrayal of the woman with her hair down is unusual in shunga. Another uncommon erotic signifier in this design is the man biting in the towel hanging over his head, expressing a suppressed emotion (normally in shunga this is a woman's gesture!), giving him a less dominant role.

Spoken text on this design: >Plate 10 " From Models of Loving Couples''

Reference:

 

Two versions of this design are depicted in I. Goldman catalogue 4 and 11, respectively fig. 9 and 18.
Fukuda 'Ukiyo-e no higiga' Vol.1, p.102.
Calza, 'Hokusai', Fig. IV.10, p.208.

On this plate:

"Pl.10: Here we come to another of the acknowledged masterpieces of the series. As we have already cited, the furtive rendezevous is a frequent theme in shunga, lending an element of suspense that serves to heighten the emotional impact of the situation. In this notable scene we glimpse a lover's secret, hurried visit to his paramour. 
He glances furtively to the left; she has just come from the bath, after washing her long hair.

The undulating waves of kimono-pattern, white flesh and raven hair echo the urgency of the occasion. And again, the larger format of the υban print permits more simplification of composition than is to be found in Hokusai's equally-famed shunga book-illustrations of the same period. (Netsuke aficionades will again be delighted at the sight of their favorite object, at the man's sash -- in this case, of the simple kagami-buta variety -- depicted in real life, so to speak..." (Richard Lane in Vol.13 of The Complete Ukiyo-e Shunga )

On this series:

"(Ehon) tsui no hinagata is one of Hokusai's first full-size υban print albums of erotica, and its title underscores the difficulties in the translation of many shunga book titles. The word tsui can be interpreted as 'couple' or 'male and female pairs'. It is also possible that Hokusai intended a wordplay as the word tsui (written here tsuhi) can also be pronounced tsubi, an archaic term for 'vulva'.

Richard Lane's translation Patterns of Loving Couples does not acknowledge this underlying sexual connotation, nor does Hayakawa Monta's less suggestive title Interlocking Patterns (Hayakawa and Arell 2002: 67). Hinagata can refer to kimono patterns, but it can also denote 'sample'. All these levels of semantic meaning should be reflected in the translation, taking into consideration the innocent images of loving couples and the cruder 'samples of vulvas'.

One of the plates in the work is signed 'Shishoku Gankυ'. This has been interpreted as a pseudonym for Hokusai, even though this theory cannot be substantiated". (Chris Uhlenbeck in 'Japanese Erotic Fantasies: Sexual Imagery of the Edo Period').

 


 

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Katsushika Hokusai - Surimono - Candy Seller - c.1805.

Katsushika Hokusai - Surimono - Candy Seller - c.1805.

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Description:
Antique Japanese woodblock print by Hokusai (1760-1849). Surimono (Commisioned print). Date: c.1805.
Title: 'Odawara Gairo-uri'. Size: 6 3/4" x 5" inches. Fine impression, very good color and condition.
Some slight browning, marks and flaws. Magnificently detailed piece with metallic pigments and gauffrage.

A gairo (corrupted from the word uiro, a Japanese sweet made from rice-powder) seller sound the praises of his merchandise.This scene also depicts a part from the kabuki play 'Wakamidori Ikioi Soga'. In this play the long words used by the gairo seller to allure his customers are famous tongue twisters.

 


 

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Turkeys - Taito (Hokusai) - Flower And Bird Sketches - c.1848.

Turkeys - Taito (Hokusai) - Flower And Bird Sketches - c.1848.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock print by Taito (aka. Hokusai). Date: c. 1848-'49. 
Series: 'Kacho Gaden' (Flower And Bird Sketches). Size: 8 3/4" x 7 1/2" inches. 
Fine impression, color and condition. Very minor marks and flaws.

Nice depiction of two female turkeys.

The wonderful scenes from 'Kacho Gaden' are simply depicted in beautiful tones of soft gray and black, 
accented with touches of pale pink. The British Museum of Fine Arts also has this set in their collection. 
Images from this excellent series are rather unknown. 

Very rare !

 


 

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Mandarin Ducks - Taito (Hokusai) - Flower And Bird Sketches - c.1848.

Mandarin Ducks - Taito (Hokusai) - Flower And Bird Sketches - c.1848.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock print by Taito (aka. Hokusai). Date: 1848-'49. 
Series: 'Kacho Gaden' (Flower and Bird Sketches). Size: 8 3/4" x 7 1/2" inches. 
Fine impression, color and condition. Very minor marks and flaws.

Wonderfully detailed depiction of a male and female mandarin duck on a snowy branch.

Published in 1848-'49 in two volumes, Hokusai's "Kacho Gaden," depicts beautiful illustrations of birds and flowers throughout the seasons. These appealing designs are drawn with dashing calligraphic line work, much like traditional sumi ink paintings. Hokusai captures birds in flight or perched on flowering branches, looking for a place to hide in snow-covered trees or searching for food.

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Hokusai - Shunga c.1821

Courtesan and Client

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Antique original Japanese color woodblock Hokusai (1760-1849). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: c.1821. 
Size: 8 3/4" x  6 1/4" inches. Fine impression (with gauffrage and metallic pigments), color and very good condition. 
Very minor soiling, marks and flaws. Design from Hokusai's celebrated series "Manpuku Wagojin" (Gods of Intercourse).

 


 

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Hokusai - Shunga

Sake - c.1821.

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Antique original Japanese color woodblock Hokusai (1760-1849). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: c.1821. 
Size: 8 3/4" x  6 1/4" inches. Fine impression (with gauffrage and metallic pigments), color and very good condition. 
Very minor soiling, marks and flaws. Design from Hokusai's celebrated series "Manpuku Wagojin" (Gods of Intercourse).

 


 

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Hokusai - Shunga c.1821.

Courtesans Osane and Otsubi 

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Antique original Japanese color woodblock Hokusai (1760-1849). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: c.1821. 
Size: 8 3/4" x  6 1/4" inches. Fine impression (with gauffrage and metallic pigments), color and very good condition. 
Very minor soiling, marks and flaws. Design from Hokusai's celebrated series "Manpuku Wagojin" (Gods of Intercourse).

 


 

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Hokusai - Shunga - Anal Ecstacy - c.1821.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Hokusai (1760-1849). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: c.1821. 
Size: 10 3/4" x  8 2/5" inches. Fine impression (with gauffrage and metallic pigments), color and very good condition. 
Very minor soiling, marks and flaws. Design from Hokusai's celebrated series "Manpuku Wagojin" (Gods of Intercourse).

Shunga scenes involving anal intercourse are rare !

 


 

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Hokusai - Shunga - Sex Toy - c.1821.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Hokusai (1760-1849). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: c.1821. 
Size: 10 3/4" x  8 2/5" inches. Fine impression (with gauffrage and metallic pigments), color and very good condition. 
Very minor soiling, marks and flaws. Design from Hokusai's celebrated series "Manpuku Wagojin" (Gods of Intercourse).

A striking scene with the man wearing a sex toy to enhance the female's orgasm ! 

 


 

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Hokusai - Shunga - Copulating Mice - c.1821.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Hokusai (1760-1849). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: c.1821. 
Size: 10 3/4" x  8 2/5" inches. Fine impression (with gauffrage and metallic pigments), color and very good condition. 
Very minor soiling, marks and flaws. Design from Hokusai's celebrated series "Manpuku Wagojin" (Gods of Intercourse).

An comical scene with the couple watching two copulating mice. 
This specific detail was used by Hokusai in more shunga designs !

 


 

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Hokusai - Shunga - Peeking Girl - c.1821.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Hokusai (1760-1849). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: c.1821. 
Size: 10 3/4" x  8 2/5" inches. Fine impression (with gauffrage and metallic pigments), color and very good condition. 
Very minor soiling, two very tiny repaired wormholes (margin), marks and flaws. 
Design from Hokusai's celebrated series "Manpuku Wagojin" (Gods of Intercourse).

A masturbating girl is watching an intimate couple !

 


 

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Hokusai - Shunga - Insatiable Client - c.1821.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Hokusai (1760-1849). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: c.1821. 
Size: 10 3/4" x  8 2/5" inches. Fine impression (with gauffrage and metallic pigments), color and very good condition. 
Very minor soiling, marks and flaws. Design from Hokusai's celebrated series "Manpuku Wagojin" (Gods of Intercourse).

In the back an exhausted courtesan rests while an insatiable client is having intercourse with on of her 
colleagues in the room next to hers !

 


 

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Hokusai - Shunga - Rape - c.1821. 

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Hokusai (1760-1849). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: c.1821. 
Size: 10 3/4" x  8 2/5" inches. Fine impression (with gauffrage and metallic pigments), color and very good condition. 
Very minor soiling, two very tiny repaired wormholes (margin), very minor marks and flaws. 
Design from Hokusai's celebrated series "Manpuku Wagojin" (Gods of Intercourse).

Two palanquin bearers are about to rape a courtesan !

 


 

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Hokusai - Shunga - Orgasm c.1821. 

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Hokusai (1760-1849). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: c.1821. 
Size: 10 3/4" x  8 2/5" inches. Fine impression (with gauffrage and metallic pigments), color and very good condition. 
Very minor soiling, marks and flaws. Design from Hokusai's celebrated series "Manpuku Wagojin" (Gods of Intercourse).

A woman in what appears to be the moment before orgasm, holding her arms tightly around her lover !

 


 

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Hokusai - Shunga

Young and Old Couple - c.1821.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Hokusai (1760-1849). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: c.1821. 
Size: 10 3/4" x  8 2/5" inches.Fine impression (with gauffrage and metallic pigments), color and very good condition. 
Very minor soiling, marks and flaws. Design from Hokusai's celebrated series "Manpuku Wagojin" (Gods of Intercourse).

An older woman forces her man to watch the intimate performance of a younger couple !

 


 

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Hokusai - Two Courtisans Osane & Otsubi - Gods Of Intercourse - c.1821.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Hokusai (1760-1849). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: c.1821. 
Size: 8 3/4" x 6 1/4" inches. Series:' Gods of Intercourse' (Manpuku Wagojin), Fine impression, very good color and condition. 
Some very tiny binding holes (margin only!), marks and flaws.

Look at the sensual expression on Otsubi's face holding a tissue between her teeth !

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Hokusai - Couple - Gods Of Intercourse - c.1821.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Hokusai (1760-1849). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: c.1821. 
Size: 8 3/4" x 6 1/4" inches. Series:' Gods of Intercourse' (Manpuku Wagojin), Fine impression, very good color and condition. 
Some very tiny binding holes (margin only!), minor soiling and rubbing. Minor marks and flaws.

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Hokusai - On Top - Gods Of Intercourse -  c.1821.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Hokusai (1760-1849). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: c.1821. 
Size: 10 3/4" x 8 2/5" inches. Series:' Gods of Intercourse' (Manpuku Wagojin), Fine impression, very good color and condition. 
Some very minor soiling and rubbing. Minor marks and flaws.

The younger couple in the foreground having passionate intercourse while the other couple apparently are sleeping !

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Hokusai - Passionate Woman - Gods Of Intercourse - c.1821.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Hokusai (1760-1849). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: c.1821. 
Size: 10 3/4" x 8 2/5" inches. Series: ' Gods of Intercourse' (Manpuku Wagojin), Fine impression, very good color and condition. 
Some very minor soiling and rubbing. Minor marks and flaws.

A lovely scene representing a loving couple in a very unusual position with the woman resting her feet on the man's breast. 
Look for the aroused peeking woman in a secluded room in the background with her left arm underneath the undergarment !

More info on this magnificent shunga series by Hokusai you can find on the following page:  p644

 


 

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Hokusai - Sexual Bliss - Gods Of Intercourse - c.1821.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Hokusai (1760-1849). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: c.1821.  
Size: 10 3/4" x 8 2/5" inches. Series:' Gods of Intercourse' (Manpuku Wagojin), Fine impression, very good color and condition. 
Some very minor soiling and rubbing, marks and flaws.

Partially covered by heavy bedding two lovers enjoy themselves accentuated by the tissue the woman is holding !

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Rare Hokusai - Doggy Style - Street Corner - Gods Of Intercourse - c.1821.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Hokusai (1760-1849). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: c.1821. 
Size: 10 3/4" x 8 2/5" inches. Series:' Gods of Intercourse' (Manpuku Wagojin), Fine impression, very good color and condition. 
Some very minor soiling, marks and flaws.

In another shunga design depicting dogs from Hokusai series 'The Horny God of Izumo' (En-musubi Izumo no sugi), two lovers are unconciously emulating "dog fashion" while in this scene the intimate couple and the copulating dogs are depicted in opposite directions of each other!
  
The artist Keisai Eisen mimicked the position of this couple in one of the designs of his well-known shunga parody 'A Light Spring Snow' (Haru no usuyuki) published in 1822.

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Hokusai - Shunga - Anatomical Close-up - c.1814.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Hokusai (1760-1849). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: c.1814. 
Size: 8 3/4" x  6 1/4" inches. Fine impression, very good color and condition. Very minor soiling.
Design from Hokusai's famous series 'Kinoe no komatsu' (Languishing for Love aka Young Pine Saplings)

 


 

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Hokusai - Shunga - Female Close-up Portrait - c.1814.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Hokusai (1760-1849). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: c.1814. 
Size: 8 3/4" x  6 1/4" inches. Fine impression, very good color and condition. Very minor soiling. Okubi-e (Close-up portrait). 
Design from Hokusai's famous series 'Kinoe no komatsu' (Languishing for Love aka Young Pine Saplings).

A courtisan holding a tissue between her teeth !

 


 

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Hokusai - Shunga - Relaxing - c.1814.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock Hokusai (1760-1849). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: c.1814. 
Size: 10 3/4" x  8 2/5" inches. Fine impression, very good color and condition. 
Very minor soiling. Design from Hokusai's famous series 'Kinoe no komatsu' (Languishing for Love akaYoung Pine Saplings)

A very subtle depiction of a relaxing couple attracting the viewer's eye to three areas of activity !

 


 

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Hokusai - Shunga - Boat Scene - c.1814.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock Hokusai (1760-1849). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: c.1814. 
Size: 10 3/4" x  8 2/5" inches. Fine impression, very good color and condition. 
Very minor soiling. Design from Hokusai's famous series 'Kinoe no komatsu' (Languishing for Love aka Young Pine Saplings)

Boats were the primary means of transport in the Yoshiwara (brothel) district and sex abroad a boat is a 
recurring theme in shunga !

 


 

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Hokusai - Shunga - Undergarment - c.1814.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock Hokusai (1760-1849). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: c.1814. 
Size: 10 3/4" x  8 2/5" inches. Fine impression, very good color and  condition. Very minor soiling. 
Design from Hokusai's famous series 'Kinoe no komatsu' (Languishing for Love/Young Pine Saplings).
This design has a striking resemblance to the design of p1331 ! 

Look for the crumpled undergarment on the belly of the woman which was a typical trademark of 
Hokusai adding a special effect !

 


 

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Hokusai - Shunga - Lesbians - Harigata - Dildo - c.1814.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock Hokusai (1760-1849). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: c.1814. 
Size: 10 1/2" x  8 3/4" inches. Fine impression, very good color and near fine condition. Very minor soiling only. 
Subject: Two women having sex while one of them is wearing a harigata (dildo). 
Design from Hokusai's famous series 'Kinoe no komatsu' (Languishing for Love/Young Pine Saplings).

Together with Eiri's design of "Models of Calligraphy" (see Shunga page 3) this is probably the 
most well-known lesbian design in Ukiyo-e !

 


 

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Very Rare Hokusai - Shunga - Gods of Intercourse - Rape -

Merchant's Daughter - 1821.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock Hokusai (1760-1849). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: 1821. 
Series:' Manpuku Wagojin' (Gods of Intercourse). Size: 10 3/4" x 8 2/5" inches. Fine impression, color and very good condition. 
Very minor soiling and rubbing, some very small thinning spots. Literature: Calza: Hokusai, p.211 (IV.13).

Unlike other erotic books, which concentrate on tales of the pleasure quarters, Manpuku Wagojin is an example of the enpon (erotic tales in colour) form and describes stories concerning ordinary men and women. In this case the story involves Osane, daughter of the rich merchant Sazayama Arisuke, and Otsubi, daughter of the ruined merchant Kawanuya Hinbei.

The tale is an ironic variation of moralistic stories: Otsubi learns to take advantage of her sexual attraction in order to gain an important position in society, while Osane, who grew up without a proper awareness of her own femininity end up as a depraved prostitute. The explicitly anti-Confucian message is that the achievement of a certain social status depends entirely on one's skill in exploiting sexual recources.

This design shows Osane at the lowest stage of prostitution. She is reduced to streetwalking and is shown here spread-eagled on the ground after a group-rape. In spite of the brutality of the act, the picture in fact suggests that Osane has experienced a certain pleasure, underlined by the number of paper handkerchiefs strewn around her, conventionally used in erotic prints to suggest female satisfaction. 
The tousled hair indicates her depraved nature and is a sign that she will come to a sorry end.

Like Hokusai's famous "Octopus"-design this shocking scene creates a same ambivalent feeling and is among Hokusai's best work in shunga !

 


 

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Famous Shunga Masterpiece.

Hokusai - c.1814.

" Diving Girl With Octopus "

Hokusai - c.1814. Famous Shunga Masterpiece. Diving Girl With Octopus.

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Very Rare Hokusai - Overlapping Skirts - Giant Vulva - c.1820.

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Description:
Original antique Japanese color woodblock print Hokusai (1760-1849), Shunga (Erotic print). Date c.1820. 
Tobira-e size: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" inches.  Series: Tsumagasane  (Overlapping Skirts). Fine impression, colors and near fine condition. 
Very minor soiling. Wonderful use of metallic pigments, nicely executed gauffrage and very detailed carving of individual hair-lines.

 


 

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Very Rare Hokusai - Overlapping Skirts - Bijin - c.1820.

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Description:
Original antique Japanese color woodblock print Hokusai (1760-1849), Shunga (Erotic print). Date c.1820. 
Tobira-e size: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" inches. Series: Tsumagasane (Overlapping Skirts). Fine impression, colors and near fine condition. 
Very minor soiling. Wonderful use of metallic pigments, nicely executed gauffrage and very detailed carving of individual hair-lines.

 


 

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Very Rare Hokusai - Overlapping Skirts - Tissue - c.1820.

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Description:
Original antique Japanese color woodblock Hokusai (1760-1849), Shunga (Spring picture). Date: c.1820. 
Chubon size: 8 1/2" x 10 1/4" inches. Series: Tsumagasane   (Overlapping Skirts). 
Fine impression, fine colors and near fine condition. Some very minor soiling. 
Wonderful use of metallic pigments and very detailed carving of inidividual hair-lines !  
Nicely executed gauffrage ! 

In yet another respite from the labors of love, we view a woman cleaning up after a bout of sexual pleasure.

 


 

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Very Rare Hokusai - Overlapping Skirts - Foreplay - c.1820.

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Description:
Original antique Japanese color woodblock Hokusai (1760-1849), Shunga (Spring picture). Date: c.1820. 
Chubon size: 8 1/2" x 10 1/4" inches. Series: Tsumagasane   (Overlapping Skirts). 
Fine impression, fine colors and near fine condition. Some very minor soiling. 
Wonderful use of metallic pigments and very detailed carving of inidividual hair-lines ! 
Nicely executed gauffrage ! 

The woman's red crumpled undergarment is a favourite detail in Hokusai's shunga. 
It adds a special accent to many of his erotic pictures, as do the intricately patterned robes.

 


 

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Very Rare Hokusai - Overlapping Skirts - On Top - c.1820.

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Description:
Original antique Japanese color woodblock Hokusai (1760-1849), Shunga (Spring picture). Date: c.1820. 
Chubon size: 8 1/2" x 10 1/4" inches. Series: Tsumagasane   (Overlapping Skirts). 
Fine impression, fine colors and near fine condition. Some very minor soiling. 
Wonderful use of metallic pigments and very detailed carving of inidividual hair-lines ! 
Nicely executed gauffrage ! 

Depicted is a mature couple, the woman with shaved eye-brows (indicating that she is either married, or a widow). 
They engage most passionately, their kiss however, far overshadowed by the blatantly violent reactions of their sexual organs. 
The design may seem a trifle static: doubtless the artist intended to provide both readers and participants with a kind of catharsis,
the perception that the sexual climax may seem a kind of temporary death.

 


 

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Very Rare Hokusai - Overlapping Skirts - Impulsive - c.1820.

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Description:
Original antique Japanese color woodblock Hokusai (1760-1849), Shunga (Spring picture). Date: c.1820. 
Chubon size: 8 1/2" x 10 1/4" inches. Series: Tsumagasane   (Overlapping Skirts). 
Fine impression, fine colors and near fine condition. Some very minor soiling. 
Wonderful use of metallic pigments and very detailed carving of inidividual hair-lines ! 
Nicely executed gauffrage ! 

In this print, the woman seems little interested in the sexual advances of the man, and she tries to ward him off. 
Hokusai designed a similar design in his Tamakazura (The Jewelled Wig)-series, in which the couple is situated on a boat.

 


 

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Very Rare Hokusai - Overlapping Skirts - Passionate - c.1820.

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Description:
Original antique Japanese color woodblock Hokusai (1760-1849), Shunga (Spring picture). Date: c.1820. 
Chubon size: 8 1/2" x 10 1/4" inches. Series: Tsumagasane   (Overlapping Skirts). 
Fine impression, fine colors and near fine condition. Some very minor soiling. 
Wonderful use of metallic pigments and very detailed carving of inidividual hair-lines ! 
Nicely executed gauffrage ! 

Lovers at a climatic moment.

 


 

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Very Rare Hokusai - Overlapping Skirts - From Behind - c.1820.

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Description:
Original antique Japanese color woodblock Hokusai (1760-1849), Shunga (Spring picture). Date: c.1820. 
Chubon size: 8 1/2" x 10 1/4" inches. Series: Tsumagasane   (Overlapping Skirts). 
Fine impression, fine colors and near fine condition. Some very minor soiling. 
Wonderful use of metallic pigments and very detailed carving of inidividual hair-lines ! 
Nicely executed gauffrage ! 

In a hasty bout of love-making, the young woman still wears her hat (ageboshi) and toed socks (tabi). 
Their love-making position was very popular with Ukiyo-e artists because it enabled a more naturalistic 
depiction of the genitalia and endowed the composition with a tension likened to a tightly strung bow.

 


 

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Very Rare Hokusai - Overlapping Skirts - Kid - c.1820.

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Description:
Original antique Japanese color woodblock Hokusai (1760-1849), Shunga (Spring picture). Date: c.1820. 
Chubon size: 8 1/2" x 10 1/4" inches. Series: Tsumagasane   (Overlapping Skirts). 
Fine impression, fine colors and near fine condition. Some very minor soiling. 
Wonderful use of metallic pigments and very detailed carving of inidividual hair-lines ! 
Nicely executed gauffrage !

A curious errand boy investigating the woman's vulva. That he is still a young boy is clear from his unshaven forelocks. 

 


 

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Hokusai Masterpiece - Fukujuso (The Adonis Plant)

Bathhouse Rape Scene  (P.O.R.)

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Description:
Original antique Japanese color woodblock Hokusai (1760-1849). Shunga (Erotic print). Date: c.1815-17. 
Series: Fukujuso (' 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 condition. Slight centerfold, very slightly trimmed, some minor wrinkling and soiling. A very small repair (hardly noticeable!). 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 garment.

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 sansukι, 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 masterpieces !!

 


 

 Shunga's from Hokusai's famous

'Gods of Intercourse' - series !

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Surimono - Hokusai - c.1810 - Two Women and a Boy.

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Description:
Original rare antique Japanese color woodblock Hokusai (1760-1849), Not signed, Surimono (Commisioned print), Date: c.1810. 
Fine impression, very good colors and good condition. Size: 12" x 7 1/8" inches. Subject: Two women and a boy. 
The boy with the broom has a fox puppet on him! Nicely executed use of gauffrage on the water, kimono and the blossom! 
Slightly dirty, trimmed, faint centerfold and two small wormholes!  

A delightful piece !

 


 

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Very Rare Shunga Hokusai Oban c.1812  - Sewing Box.

From Hokusai's first oban series: Brocade of the East!

Very Rare Shunga Hokusai Oban c.1812  - Sewing Box. From Hokusai's first oban series: Brocade of the East!

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Description:
Beautiful original antique Japanese color woodblock Hokusai (1760-1849). Shunga (Erotic print). 
Very good condition, fine impression and colors. 
Date: c.1812. Total size: 10" x 15" inches. Series: 'Azuma Nishiki ' (Brocade of the East). Depiction of an intimate couple! 
The woman leaning on a black sewing box while the man pulls up her kimono ! There's a little bit of paper loss caused by the use of metallic pigment, slight centerfold, some tiny holes and staining, minor wear and soiling otherwise very good state with very fresh colors! Full size, extensive 'burnishing' to black parts ! Nicely executed use of gauffrage and metallic highlights (on sewing-box and clothing) ! Highly detailed carving of individual hair-lines!

The love-making position of this couple was a very popular one among Ukiyo-e artists because it enabled a more naturalistic depiction of the genitalia and endowed the composition with a tension likened to a tightly strung bow ! This design is from Hokusai's first oban series, and he made his most impressive shunga designs in this format!

References:
The ' Brocade of the East' -series is described by Richard Lane in his article: ' Love's Labour's Found : The Erotic of Hokusai ' on p.54 and 55 in the book ' Hokusai ' by Gian Carlo Calza.

Book No. 7 in the series 'Japanese Complete Ukiyo-e Shunga Series' by Richard Lane and Yoshikazu Hayashi is totally dedicated to the 'Brocade of East' -series! This famous set, consisting of 27 books, are a treatise of the most important shunga series of the Ukiyo-e!

A closer study on Hokusai's shunga designs in the oban format, like the deliberate composition, the complex placing of the kimono's and garment, reveal the genius of a great master!

Beautiful and very rare piece of art by one of the most famous artists in the history of Japan !

 

 



 

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