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Shunga - Erotic ( Art ) - Japan

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Mosquito Net - Utagawa Kunisada.

Mosquito Net - Utagawa Kunisada.

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  Utagawa School - Couple On Verandah - c.1860.

Utagawa School - Couple Under A Tree - c.1860.

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Utagawa School - Couple On Verandah -  c.1860.

Description:  p1564 

Antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa school. Date: c.1860s. Size: 6 1/2" x 4 1/3" inches. 
Very good impression, color and condition. Minor soiling and staining. Very minor marks and flaws.

A man proposes an intimate encounter to the shy woman.

 


Utagawa School - Couple Under A Tree - c.1860.

Description:   p1565

Antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa school. Date: c.1860s. Size: 6 1/2" x 4 1/3" inches. 
Very good impression, color and condition. Minor soiling and staining. Very minor marks and flaws.

Depiction of a couple having sex under a tree.


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Utagawa School - Young Monk - c.1860.

Utagawa School - Young Monk - c.1860.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa school. Date: c.1860s. Size: 8 1/10" x 6 3/4" inches. 
Very good impression, color and condition. Minor soiling and staining. Very minor marks and flaws.

A young monk is making love to his secret lover while being watched by another amused intimate couple.


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Utagawa School - Graveyard By Night - Samurai's - c.1860.

Utagawa School - Graveyard By Night - Samurai's - c.1860.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa school. Date: c.1860s. Size: 8 1/10" x 6 3/4" inches. 
Very good impression, color and condition. Minor soiling and staining. Very minor marks and flaws.

Three samurai''s passionately making love with some courtesans on a graveyard by night. 
The courtesan's shamisen (three-stringed instruments) laying besides them.


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Utagawa School - Narrow Opening - c.1860.

Utagawa School - Narrow Opening - c.1860.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa school. Date: c.1860s. Size: 8 1/10" x 6 3/4" inches. 
Very good impression, color and condition. Minor soiling and staining. Very minor marks and flaws.

Depiction of two intimate couples. One of the couples is being watched by a woman who's peeping 
through a narrow opening between the folding screens.


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Utagawa School - Peeking Women In The Garden - c.1860.

Utagawa School - Peeking Women In The Garden - c.1860.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa school. Date: c.1860s. Size: 8 1/10" x 6 3/4" inches. 
Very good impression, color and condition. Minor soiling and staining, some very tiny holes. 
Very minor marks and flaws.

A couple making love on the verandah while being observed by a masturbating woman.


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Utagawa School - Three Couples In A Brothel - c.1860.

Utagawa School - Three Couples In A Brothel - c.1860.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa school. Date: c.1860s. Size: 8 1/10" x 6 3/4" inches. 
Very good impression, color and condition. Minor soiling and staining. Very minor marks and flaws.

Depiction of three loving couples in a brothel divided by folding screens. 
Look for the funny detail of one of the women (in the front) juggling the man's genitals with her heel.


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Utagawa School - In The Kitchen - Lumber Room - c.1860.

Utagawa School - In The Kitchen - Lumber Room - c.1860.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa school. Date: c.1860s. Size: 8 1/10" x 6 3/4" inches. 
Very good impression, color and condition. Minor soiling and staining. Very minor marks and flaws.

Two couples making love in two seperate rooms, one in the kitchen and the other couple in the
lumber-room.


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Utagawa School - On A Pleasure Boat - c.1860.

Utagawa School - On A Pleasure Boat - c.1860.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa school. Date: c.1860s. Size: 8 1/10" x 6 3/4" inches. 
Very good impression, color and condition. Minor soiling and staining. Very minor marks and flaws.

Two intimate couples, one on a pleasure boat and the other couple on an island


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Utagawa School - Comical Bathhouse Scene - Lesbian - c.1860.

Utagawa School - Comical Bathhouse Scene - Lesbian - c.1860.

 

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa school. Date: c.1860s. Size: 8 3/4" x 7 1/2" inches. 
Very good impression, color and condition. Minor soiling and staining. Very minor marks and flaws.

Humorous erotic scene depicting six women in a bathhouse. 

Look for the woman in the dressing room (in the background) who is the victim of a practical joke played 
on her by the other women.

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Utagawa Kuniyoshi - Lesbian Bathhouse Scene - c.1849.

Utagawa Kuniyoshi - Lesbian Bathhouse Scene - c.1849.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861). 
Date: Kaei era, 2nd year (1849). Size: 8 1/2" x 6 3/4" inches. Fine impression, 
color and near fine condition. Very minor soiling, binding holes, marks and flaws.

Two women have an intimate moment in a bathhouse.

One of the women carries a bucket with steaming water while exposing her private parts.


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Yanagawa Shigenobu - Tattooed Client - Inside The Brothel - c.1830.

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Antique erotic Japanese color woodblock by Yanagawa Shigenobu (1787-1832). Date: Year of the Tiger (1830). 
Series: 'Ama no ukibashi ' (The Floating Bridge of Heaven). Size: 13" x 9 3/4" inches. Excellent impression (with metallic pigments, burnishing and gauffrage), color and near fine condition. Very minor wear and soiling, two minute wormholes (margin, not in the image) otherwise great condition. Nice use of gauffrage on the tattoos on the man's arm and back.

The crowded quarters of illegal brothels meant that there was absolutely no privacy and very little room - at best prostitutes and their clients were divided by sliding doors or a screen.

Reference: p.179 (Ill.66b) in Japanese Erotic Fantasies - Sexual Imagery of the Edo Period by C. Uhlenbeck and M. Winkel

The title Ama no ukibashi is a reference to a bridge famous in Japanese creation mythology as the place where the gods Izanagi and his wife and sister Izanami shaped the world. Izanagi threw a spear into the sea and when pulled out, the water dripping from it formed the first island of the Japanese archipelago. Izanagi and Izanami were also the first couple to have sex and procreate.

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Yanagawa Shigenobu - Mosquito Net - Heavy Thunder - c.1830.

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Antique erotic Japanese color woodblock by Yanagawa Shigenobu (1787-1832). Date: Year of the Tiger (1830). 
Series: 'Ama no ukibashi ' (The Floating Bridge of Heaven). Size: 13" x 9 3/4" inches. Excellent impression (with metallic pigments, burnishing and gauffrage), color and near fine condition. Very minor wear and soiling, two minute wormholes (margin, not in the image) otherwise great condition.

Veiled by a diaphanous mosquito net, a man takes advantage of the young women's fear of heavy thunder.

Reference: p.179 (Ill.66c) in Japanese Erotic Fantasies - Sexual Imagery of the Edo Period by C. Uhlenbeck and M. Winkel

The preface in this deluxe book dates it in to the 'Year of the Tiger' (1830). The eminent shunga authority Hayashi Yoshikazu attributed the work to Shigenobu based on the assumption that the signature 'Ikkasai Sukinobu', which appears on one of the plates, is a pseudonym of the artist.


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Kunisada - Assault By Tattooed Man - Famous Design - c.1837.

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Antique erotic Japanese color woodblock Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865). Date: c.1837 (probably New Year). 
Series: 'Koi no Yatsu Fuji' (The Eight Dog Heroes of the Satomi Clan). Size: 11 1/3" x 9 1/3" inches. Excellent impression (with metallic pigments, burnishing and gauffrage), color and near fine condition. Very minor wear and soiling, one minuscule thinning spot (hardly traceable!) otherwise great condition.

A magnificent and well-known design by the great shunga master Kunisada depicting a violent intrusion by a tattooed aggressor. The couple had just finished their erotic bout as indicated by the semen on the woman's inner thigh.

Reference:  
The Eight Dog Heroes...-series is treated in depth in Vol. 6 of 'The Complete Ukiyo-e Shunga' by Yoshikazu Hayashi.

Koi no Yatsu Fuji, published at the New Year in 1837, is a shunga version of Satomi Hakken-den, the most representative work of Kyokutei Bakin (also know as Kyokutei Shujin), originally published in 1814-1842. Both its text and illustrations are clever parodies of the original work. The author's name is given as "Kyokudori Shujin", a perversion of "Kyokutei Shujin" and is the pseudonym of the gesaku writer Hanagasa Bunkyõ. The illustrations are by Bukiyo Matahei, otherwise known as Kunisada. The title is a version of the "eight tufts of hair-amulets (yatsubusa)" of the dogs in the original work, which appear as such in the main text; but for some reason the term is yatsu fuji in the title. The inside title reads Nansõ Satomi Hakken-den.


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Utagawa School - Assault By Samurai - Musician - c.1850 - Shunga.

Utagawa School - Assault By Samurai - Musician - c.1850 - Shunga.

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Antique erotic Japanese color woodblock Utagawa school. Date: c.1850. Size: 5 1/4" x  3 3/4" inches. 
Fine impression ( with gauiffrage ), color and condition. No marks or flaws. 
Surimono style effects with magnificent use of metallic pigments, black lacquer and embossing on the 
man's kimono and the woman's hat.

A samurai assaults a female musician on the street. Nice perspective setting with in the background the harbour.


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    Hokusai School - Giant Scrotum - c.1810s - Egoyomi Shunga - Surimono - Eizan.

Hokusai School - Giant Scrotum - c.1810s - Egoyomi Shunga - Surimono - Eizan.

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Antique erotic Japanese color woodblock Hokusai school. Date: c.1810. Size: 5 1/4" x  3 3/4" inches. 
Egoyomi ( Calendar print ). Fine impression, color and near fine condition. Very minor soiling and wear 
and a very tiny hole. Surimono style effects with magnificent use of metallic pigments and line-carving.

Comical depiction of a courtesan carrying a candle who is about to discover the gigantic scrotum of her client.

Although unsigned, it is also suggested, regarding some specific style elements (particularly the loud kimono patterns and the elongated limbs), that this egoyomi has been designed by Kikugawa Eizan (1787-1867), who studied under Hokusai's pupil Totoya Hokkei (1790-1850).

This early erotic egoyomi prints are highly sought after because of their sophisticated printing technique and the masterful craftmanship of the involved artists !


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Kunisada - Yellow Shoe - Samurai - c.1840 - Shunga.

Kunisada - Yellow Shoe - Samurai - c.1840 - Shunga.

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Antique erotic Japanese color woodblock attrib. to Kunisada. Date: c.1840. 
Size: 8 1/4" x 6 1/2" inches. Fine impression (with metallic pigments), color and near fine condition. 
Some paper loss due to the effect of metallic pigments, minor marks and flaws.

Samurai and lover in an ecstatic pose.


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Kunisada - Aristocratic Couple - c.1840 - Shunga.

Kunisada - Aristocratic Couple - c.1840 - Shunga.

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Antique erotic Japanese color woodblock attrib. to Kunisada. Date: c.1840.
Size: 8 1/4" x 6 1/2" inches. Fine impression (with metallic pigments), color and near fine condition.
Some paper loss due to the effect of metallic pigments, minor marks and flaws.

An intimate aristocratic couple in their luxurious environment.


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Kunisada - From Behind - c.1840 - Shunga.

Kunisada - From Behind - c.1840 - Shunga.

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Antique erotic Japanese color woodblock attrib. to Kunisada. Date: c.1840.
Size: 8 1/4" x 6 1/2" inches. Fine impression (with metallic pigments), color and near fine condition.
Some paper loss due to the effect of metallic pigments, minor marks and flaws.

A nice atmospheric design of a couple (a samurai and his lover) near a lake.


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Kunisada - High Class Samurai - Slum Dwelling - c.1840 - Shunga.

Kunisada - High Class Samurai - Slum Dwelling - c.1840 - Shunga.

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Antique erotic Japanese color woodblock attrib. to Kunisada. Date: c.1840. 
Size: 8 1/4" x 6 1/2" inches. Fine impression (with metallic pigments), color and near fine condition. 
Some paper loss due to the effect of metallic pigments, minor marks and flaws.

An aristocratic samurai makes love to his mistress in a slum dwelling.


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Kunisada - Two Couples - At The Lake - c.1840 - Shunga.

Kunisada - Two Couples - At The Lake - c.1840 - Shunga.

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Antique erotic Japanese color woodblock attrib. to Kunisada. Date: c.1840. 
Size: 8 1/4" x 6 1/2" inches. Fine impression (with metallic pigments), color and near fine condition. 
Some paper loss due to the effect of metallic pigments, minor marks and flaws.

Two couples having sex near a lake.


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Kunisada - Threesome - Pregnant Woman - c.1840 - Shunga.

Kunisada - Threesome - Pregnant Woman - c.1840 - Shunga.

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Antique erotic Japanese color woodblock attrib. to Kunisada. Date: c.1840. 
Size: 8 1/4" x 6 1/2" inches. Fine impression (with metallic pigments), color and near fine condition. 
Some paper loss due to the effect of metallic pigments, minor marks and flaws.

During the course of their threesome lovemaking the man is handed a cup of sake by a pregnant participant.


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Kunisada - Tobira-e - Aristocratic Couple - c.1840 - Shunga.

Kunisada - Tobira-e - Aristocratic Couple - c.1840 - Shunga.

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Antique erotic Japanese color woodblock attrib. to Kunisada. Date: c.1840. 
Size: 6 1/2" x 4 1/2" inches. Fine impression (with metallic pigments), color and near fine condition. Some paper loss due to the effect of metallic pigments, minor marks and flaws.

Introductionary tobira-e design of an aristocratic couple.


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Kunisada - Peeking Girl - c.1840 - Shunga.

Kunisada - Peeking Girl - c.1840 - Shunga.

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Antique erotic Japanese color woodblock attrib. to Kunisada. Date: c.1840. 
Size: 6 2/3" x  4 1/2" inches. Fine impression, very good color and condition. 
Some binding holes, very minor wear and soiling.

A young masturbating courtesan is peeking on a lesbian couple ( see P1538 ! )


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Rare Kunisada - Lesbian Encounter - Double Sided Dildo - c.1840 - Shunga.

Rare Kunisada - Lesbian Encounter - Double Sided Dildo - c.1840 - Shunga.

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Antique erotic Japanese color woodblock attrib. to Kunisada. Date: c.1840. Size: 8 1/4" x 6 1/2" inches. 
Fine impression (with metallic pigments), color and very good condition. Very minor wear and soiling.

Delightful design of two women in the act of love. In the composition next to the couple lays an actor print 
which reflects their erotic fantasy. Both women just had a climactic moment as both ends of the double-sided dildo emphasize. The tissues on the floor indicate that this was not the first time.

Extremely rare shunga print !


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Utagawa Kunimori II - Three Couples - c.1860 - Shunga.

Utagawa Kunimori II - Three Couples - c.1860 - Shunga.

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Antique erotic Japanese color woodblock Utagawa Kunimori II (act. 1848 to 1860). Date: c.1860. 
Size: 8 2/5" x 6 3/4" inches. Fine impression (with metallic pigments), color and near fine condition. 
Minor wear and soiling, minor marks and flaws.

The crowded quarters of illegal brothels meant that there absolutely no privacy and very little room - at best prostitutes and their clients were divided by sliding doors or a screen. In this unusual scene depicted in this print (inspired by Shigenobu´s shungabook series 'Ama no ukibashi - The Floating Bridge of Heaven' ) three different rooms can be seen in perspective.

You can find the original Shigenobu piece below on this same page !


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Keisai Eisen - Magician and Skeletons - c.1828 - Shunga.

Keisai Eisen - Magician and Skeletons - c.1828 - Shunga.

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Antique erotic Japanese color woodblock Keisai Eisen (1790-1848). Date: c.1828. 
Size: 10 1/2" x 9 1/2" inches.From the series: 'Gazu gyokusõ-dan'. 
Fine impression (with metallic pigments), color and near fine condition. 
Very minor wear and soiling, marks and flaws.

Spectacular design of a bald-headed priest ( magician ) raising a horse spirit while standing in a field with skeletons !


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Famous Keisai Eisen - Giant Nude Devil Woman - c.1828 - Shunga.

Famous Keisai Eisen - Giant Nude Devil Woman - c.1828 - Shunga.

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Antique erotic Japanese color woodblock Keisai Eisen (1790-1848). Date: c.1828. 
Size: 10 2/3" x 9 1/4" inches.From the series: 'Gazu gyokusõ-dan'. 
Fine impression (with metallic pigments), color and near fine condition. 
Some minuscule wormholes, very minor wear and soiling.

Classic design of a bald-headed priest who raises a giant nude devil woman.


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Keisai Eisen - Samurai´s On Horse - Archer - c.1828 - Shunga.

Keisai Eisen - Samurai´s On Horse - Archer - c.1828 - Shunga.

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Antique erotic Japanese color woodblock Keisai Eisen (1790-1848). Date: c.1828. 
Size: 10 3/4" x 8 2/5" inches.From the series: 'Gazu gyokusõ-dan'. 
Fine impression (with metallic pigments), color and near fine condition. 
Very minor wear and soiling, marks and flaws.

A battle scene of two samurai's fighting an invisible spirit.


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Keisai Eisen - Chinese Concubine and High Class Samurai - c.1828 - Shunga.

Keisai Eisen - Chinese Concubine and High Class Samurai - c.1828 - Shunga.

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Antique erotic Japanese color woodblock Keisai Eisen (1790-1848). Date: c.1828. 
Size: 10 3/4" x 8 1/3" inches.From the series: 'Gazu gyokusõ-dan'. 
Fine impression (with metallic pigments), color and near fine condition. 
Very minor wear and soiling, minor marks and flaws.

Highly detailed and very rare design of a Chinese concubine ( look for her shoe ! ) who´s making love to an upper-level samurai  ( as indicated by his weaponry ).


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Keisai Eisen - Two Dreamy Women and Man - c.1828 - Shunga.

Keisai Eisen - Two Dreamy Women and Man - c.1828 - Shunga.

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Antique erotic Japanese color woodblock Keisai Eisen (1790-1848). Date: c.1828. 
Size: 10 1/4" x 8 3/4" inches.From the series: 'Gazu gyokusõ-dan'. 
Fine impression (with metallic pigments), color and near fine condition. 
Very minor wear and soiling, minor marks and flaws.

Two women and a man are watching at a painting portraying the adventures of a 
bald-headed priest.


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Kunisada - Suicide Lovers - Macabre Scene - c.1840 - Shunga.

Kunisada - Suicide Lovers - Macabre Scene - c.1840 - Shunga.

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Antique erotic Japanese color woodblock Kunisada (1786-1865). Date: c.1840. 
Size: 10 1/2" x 8 1/3" inches. Fine impression, color and very good condition. 
Very minor wear and soiling, minor marks and flaws.

Depiction of two drowned lovers who have commited suicide and are discovered by some sailors. The blue glow around the naked girl's eyes is an indication that she has died.


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Rare Trick Print - Vagina Scroll. c.1849.  Utagawa Kuniyoshi - Shunga.

Utagawa Kuniyoshi - Rare Trick Print - Vagina Scroll - c.1849 - Shunga.

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Antique erotic Japanese color woodblock Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798-1861). Date: Kaei era, 2nd year (1849). 
Size: 10 2/3" x 9" inches. Fine impression (with metallic pigments), color and near fine condition. 
Two very small wormholes, minor marks and flaws.

Very rare and amusing fold-out trick-print depicting three female musicians. Once the print has been fold-out the scenery changes and now two of the women are looking at a scroll depicting their own genitals mimicking male characters !

A masterful design by the great Kuniyoshi ! 


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 Utagawa Kunisada Shunga - Famous Four Seasons Design - 1827.   

Utagawa Kunisada Shunga - Famous Four Seasons Design - 1827.

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Antique erotic Japanese color woodblock Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865). Date: Bunsei era, 10th year (1827).
Series: 'Shunka shuto shiki no nagame' (Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter: Prospects for the Four Seasons aka.
An Appraisal of Sensual Pleasure in the Four Seasons). From book volume I. Ohon size: 13 1/5" x 9 3/4" inches.
Excellent impression (with metallic pigments, burnishing and gauffrage), color and very good condition.
Very minor wear and soiling, one minuscule hole, thin album backing.

An oiran (high-class courtisan) and her favorite client in their luxurious private room.

Reference: p.129 (Ill.124) in 'Shunga, the Erotic Art of Japan' by Marco Fagioli.

"One of Kunisada's best known works, 'An Appraisal of Sensual Pleasure (Shiki no nagame)' produced from 1827 to 1832, consists of a series of short narratives with dialogue and poems, closely connected with the four seasons, to each of which volume is devoted. In his erotic images, Kunisada puts the emphasis on scenes that are physically extreme, even a little grotesque, like the one set on a >
pleasure boat  in which a woman is crouching, with clasped hands and one foot in line with the edge of the boat, while a servant touches her intimately from behind". (excerpt from Poem of the Pillow and Other Stories by Gian Carlo Calza)


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   Yanagawa Shigenobu - Lesbian Fantasy - c.1825 - Shunga.

Yanagawa Shigenobu - Lesbian Fantasy - c.1825 - Shunga.

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Antique erotic Japanese woodblock print by Yanagawa Shigenobu (1787-1832). Date: c.1825.
Tobira-e size: 7" x 4 3/4" inches. Fine impression, very good color and  condition. 
Very minor soiling and wear, some minor fraying and very small thinning spots (margin only!).

Highly unusual close-up design of a lesbian woman who's watching the portrait of a high-class prostitute who is her actual lover or someone she is fantasizing about. 
On the left you can see the raised leg and some pubic hair of the woman who's holding the portrait. Normally this kind of designs depict a woman looking at a portrait of a man, or a man looking at a portrait of another man but the concept depicted in this design is very uncommon.

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A masterful design with a very complex and intriguing composition.

 


 

 

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