Japanese color woodblock by Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806).
Shunga (Erotic print). Date: c.1805. Size: 10 1/4" x 7
1/2" inches. Very good impression, color and condition.
From the famous book 'Ehon takara gura'. Thin backing, a
couple of tiny wormholes, very minor soiling, marks and
flaws. Nice use of metallic pigment details.
A cautious ninja investigates a room
with a lantern where a couple is making love. The running
rats betray Utamaro's attention to comical detail.
||p.232 (Ill.6.70) in 'Shunga, the Art of Love in Japan' by
Tom and Mary Evans.
Chapter ' Voyeurism' in 'Encyclopedia of Japanese Erotic
Volume I' by Ofer Shagan.