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Shunga - Erotic ( Art ) - Japan

Antique  Shunga  Woodblock

Ferdinand Bertholet (1952) Title: ' Two Chinese Girls'

Ferdinand Bertholet  ( 1952 )   Title: ' Two Chinese Girls'

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Shunga - Utagawa School - Bestiality - Giant Rat - c.1830.

Shunga - Utagawa School - Bestiality - Giant Rat - c.1830.

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Description:

Antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa school. Shunga (Erotic print). Date: c.1830s. 
Koban size: 4 4/5" x 3 1/2" inches. Fine impression, color and near fine condition. 
Minor marks and flaws.

A humorous shunga image with a man penetrating a giant rat.

Reference: p.26 (Illust.52) in Encyclopedia of Japanese Erotic Art: Shunga (Volume II) by Ofer Shagan.

Extremely rare !


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Shunga - Utagawa School - Masturbation - Copulating Tortoises - c.1830.

Shunga - Utagawa School - Masturbation - Copulating Tortoises - c.1830.

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Description:

Antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa school. Shunga (Erotic print). Date: c.1830s. 
Koban size: 4 4/5" x 3 1/2" inches. Fine impression, color and near fine condition. 
Minor marks and flaws.

A highly entertaining portrayal of a man masturbating while watching two copulating tortoises.

Reference: p.28 (Illust.56) in Encyclopedia of Japanese Erotic Art: Shunga (Volume II) by Ofer Shagan.

Shunga designs depicting bestiality are very hard to find !


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Shunga - Utagawa School - Homoeroticism - Two Male Farmers - c.1830.

Shunga - Utagawa School - Homoeroticism - Two Male Farmers - c.1830.

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Description:

Antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa school. Shunga (Erotic print). Date: c.1830s. 
Koban size: 4 4/5" x 3 1/2" inches. Fine impression, color and near fine condition. 
One tiny wormhole repair otherwise in a fine state.

A comical shunga image featuring a farmer who forces himself on a surprised male colleague on the rice field.

Male homosexual relations were accepted in pre-modern Japan and, unlike in the West, not considered punishable by either religious or secular law. Nor were homosexual acts considered shameful for the participant doing the penetration.

Male-male love acts have appeared in Japanese art, within shunga, since the Heian period. In Japan, it is said that together with Vajrayana Buddism, homosexuality was imported from China by the Buddhist priest Kukai (774-835), though his writings made no mention of this subject.

Reference: p.55 (Illust.12) in Encyclopedia of Japanese Erotic Art: Shunga (Volume II) by Ofer Shagan.

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A very rare find !


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Shunga - Utagawa School - Angry Octopus Assaults Desperate Housewife - c.1840.

Shunga - Utagawa School - Angry Octopus Assaults Desperate Housewife - c.1840.

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Description:

Antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa school. Shunga (Erotic print). Date: c.1840. 
Koban size: 4 4/5" x 3 1/2" inches. Fine impression, color and near fine condition. 
One very tiny wormhole repair otherwise in an excellent state. A magnificently detailed design.

A ferocious octopus sexually (look for his tentacles!) assaults a housewife who was about to cook him. 
Highly amusing and very unusual shunga image.

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Extremely rare !


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Shunga - Utagawa School - Bathing Lady Raped By A Demon - Thunder God Raijin - c.1840.

Shunga - Utagawa School - Bathing Lady Raped By A Demon - Thunder God Raijin - c.1840.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa school. Shunga (Erotic print). Date: c.1840. 
Koban size: 4 4/5" x 3 1/2" inches. Fine impression, color and near fine condition. 
One very tiny wormhole repair otherwise in an excellent state. A superbly printed design.

In this very striking and dynamic depiction the demon is raping the woman while one of her hands is holding on to one of his horns. On the ground lay several drums, used to create thunder, with the tomoesymbol drawn on them. The lightning above them adds more dramatic effect. 
A marvellous scene with a strong mythical and cultural context.

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A very rare find !


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Keisai Eisen ( 1790-1848 )

Rare Shunga - Eisen - Orgy Scene - Five Couples - c.1823.

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Shunga - Kuniyoshi - Lesbian Lovers - Dragon Motif - c.1838.

Shunga - Kuniyoshi - Lesbian Lovers - Dragon Motif - c.1838.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1862). Shunga (Erotic print). Date: c.1838. 
Size: 11" x 8 1/3" inches. Fine impression, color and very good condition. Very minor wear, soiling, thinning,
marks and flaws. Nicely detailed line carving with beautiful printed details such as metallic pigments.

A very rare scene featuring two adult women engaged in the act of love. There's a tissue between the hands they are holding (possibly to wipe off their love juices!). In the background lays a folded kimono with a wonderful dragon motif.

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Oban Shunga - Kikugawa Eizan - Bathhouse - c.1840s.

Oban Shunga - Kikugawa Eizan - Bathhouse - c.1840s.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock attrib. to Kikugawa Eizan (1787-1867). Shunga (Erotic print). Date: c.1840s. Oban yoko-e size: 15" x 10 1/10" inches. Very good impression, color and condition. 
Minor wear and soiling. Slight vertical folding mark. Backing. Minor marks and flaws. Full size.

An erotic rendezvous at the bath. Haga Toru (1996: 97-102) explains that love-making in Edo period prints is often precarious and that artists vied with one another in inventing locations, moments and positions that expressed the sentiment of kiwadoi - the 'dangerous, risky, or pressing'. The bath, generally a public place, is a typical example of such a location: the threat of being caught and the possibilities open for voyeurism are essential for creating the sexual tension.


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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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Kitagawa Utamaro ( 1753-1806 )

Kitagawa Utamaro ( 1753-1806 )

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Rare Shunga - Eisen - Lesbian Trio -

 Masturbation With Dildo - c.1839.

Rare Shunga - Eisen - Lesbian Trio - Masturbation With Dildo - c.1830.

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Shunga - Kunisada - On The Roof - Pleasure Boat - Yosaburô - c.1842.

Shunga - Kunisada - On The Roof - Pleasure Boat - Yosaburô - c.1842.

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Description:

Antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865). Shunga (Erotic print). Date: c.1842. 
Hanshibon size: 11 1/3" x 9 1/2" inches. Series: 'Shiki no sugatami (Viewing Forms in the Four Seasons)'. 
Fine impression, color and near fine condition. Very minor marks and flaws. 
Wonderful printed details such as metallic pigments and embossing.

A design with a lovely composition portraying a couple making love on the roof of a pleasure-boat underneath a willow tree. The man who is observing the activities in the background is Yosaburô, a petty criminal who had once dared to have an affair with a certain Otomi, a gangster's mistress. When the gangster found out about the affair, Otomi fled and was thought to have drowned herself. She did not die however and was saved by a stranger, who later turned out to be her brother. As a result of his liason

Yosaburô's face was mutilated by the vindictive gangster, Genzaemon. 
The scarf he wears around his head is to cover the scars.

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Shunga - Kunisada - Mosquito Net - Sleeping Husband - c.1842.

Shunga - Kunisada - Mosquito Net - Sleeping Husband - c.1842.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865). Shunga (Erotic print). Date: c.1842. 
Hansibon size: 11 1/2" x 9 1/2" inches. Series: 'Shiki no sugatami (Viewing Forms in the Four Seasons)'. 
Title: ' Lovers and Sleeping Husband '. Fine impression, color and near fine condition. 
Very minor marks and flaws. Wonderful printed details such as metallic pigments and embossing.

About this design:

"...Kunisada also used this in a page of his ' Viewing Forms in the Four Seasons (Shiki no sugatami)', where the viewer sees a woman's head (and mind) still in bed with her rightful partner, while her genitals -- divided by the netting -- are outside (illus. 49). Although she is aware of what she does, the status of her sexual act, sectioned off from her head, seems dreamlike, for mental and bodily zones do not match. Pictorially, she is doing nothing wrong". (Timon Screech)

Reference: Illus.49 on p.127 in 'Sex and the Floating World - Erotic Images in Japan 1700-1820' by Timon Screech.


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Shunga - Kunisada - Lesbian Encounter - Tortoise Shell Dildo - c.1842.

Shunga - Kunisada - Lesbian Encounter - Tortoise Shell Dildo - c.1842.

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Description:

Antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865). Shunga (Erotic print). Date: c.1842. 
Hanshibon size: 11 2/5" x 9 1/3" inches. Series: 'Shiki no sugatami (Viewing Forms in the Four Seasons)'. 
Fine impression, color and near fine condition. Wonderful printed details such as metallic pigments and embossing.

A magnificent design depicting a lesbian encounter with one of the women sporting a tortoise-shell harigata (dildo) assuming the male role.

Very rare !

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Meiji Shunga - Terazaki Kogyo

 

Seaside Ecstacy -  c.1899.Meiji Shunga - Terazaki Kogyo - Seaside Ecstacy -  c.1899.

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Kawanabe Kyõsai  (1831-1889)

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Ito Seiu - Rare Sado Erotic Painting - 

Kinbaku - Bondage - 1940s.

Ito Seiu - Rare Sado Erotic Painting - Kinbaku - Bondage - 1940s.

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Shunga - Keisai Eisen - Kissing Couple - c.1825.

Shunga - Keisai Eisen - Kissing Couple - c.1825.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Keisai Eisen (1790-1848). Shunga (Erotic print). Date: c.1825. 
Oban yoko-e size: 13 1/2" x 9" inches. Signature: Although shunga's are generally unsigned one print of this set bears the ‘hidden’ signature: Keisai. From an untitled series. Fine impression, very good color and condition. 
A faint centerfold and a few faint spots on the bottom and the right margin. Wonderful printed details such as metallic pigments and embossing.

A strikingly simple composition of an intimate couple kissing passionately in front of a folding screen depicting a bird-of-paradise that seems to support the belief by Tanaka Yuko that the placement of textiles is deliberately used to frame genitalia (Tanaka 1996; see also Chris Uhlenbeck's article 'Erotic Fantasies of Japan: The World of Shunga').

On Eisen's oban series:

The popularity of shunga prints published in oban-size albums of twelve began to wane sometime around the time of Kitagawa Utamaro's death in 1806. In about 1828 their production came to a virtual halt. It is difficult to explain why this happened, Perhaps it had to do with the growing importance of text in erotic books.

In other words, the oban format would no longer have been suitable if the stage for erotic art was increasingly the illustrated novel. Eisen's work in non-shunga was principally bijinga and these are characterized by the inclusion of complex wordplays in the series and print titles. For whatever reason, Eisen and his publisher did not consider oban-size shunga prints the right medium for such wordplays. In this untitled shunga set the scenes are set against a pale yellow ground.

This whole series is included in the collection of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.


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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.

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 õban 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 õban 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 Gankõ'. 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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Utagawa Kunisada - Whipping - c.1850.

Utagawa Kunisada - Whipping - c.1850.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865). Shunga (Erotic print).
Date: c.1850. Size: 5 3/4" x 8 1/10" inches. Fine impression, color and condition. 
Very minor marks and flaws otherwise in a magnificent state.

A comical design portraying an aristicratic man 'punishing' a woman with a whip.


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Utagawa Kunisada - Fingering Two Hands - Close-Up - c.1850. 

Utagawa Kunisada - Fingering Two Hands - Close-Up - c.1850.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865). Shunga (Erotic print). 
Date: c.1850. Size: 5 3/4" x 8 2/3" inches. Fine impression, color and condition. 
Very minor marks and flaws otherwise in a magnificent state.

Anatomical close-up of an erotic fingering technique with two hands.


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Utagawa Kunisada - Fingering - Close-Up - c.1850.

Utagawa Kunisada - Fingering - Close-Up - c.1850.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865). Shunga (Erotic print). 
Date: c.1850. Size: 5 3/4" x 8 2/3" inches. Fine impression, color and condition. 
Very minor marks and flaws otherwise in a magnificent state.

Beautiful anatomical close-up of an erotic fingering technique.


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Utagawa Kunisada - Penetration Close-Up - c.1850.

Utagawa Kunisada - Penetration Close-Up - c.1850.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865). Shunga (Erotic print).
Date: c.1850. Size: 5 3/4" x 8 2/3" inches. Fine impression, color and condition. 
Very minor marks and flaws otherwise in a magnificent state.

A very nice anatomical close-up of a sexual penetration.


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Utagawa Kunisada - Eleven Sex Couples - Orgy On The Quay - c.1850. 

Utagawa Kunisada - Eleven Sex Couples - Orgy On The Quay - c.1850.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865). Shunga (Erotic print). Date: c.1850. Size: 11" x 8 2/3" inches. Fine impression, color and condition. Very minor marks and flaws otherwise in a magnificent state.

An unusual shunga scene portraying a large orgy with numerous sexual activities on the quay.

A humourous and very detailed design !


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Shunga - Utagawa Kuniyoshi - Ronin With Peasant Girl - Chushingura Parody - c.1830.

Shunga - Utagawa Kuniyoshi - Ronin With Peasant Girl - Chushingura Parody - c.1830.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861). Shunga (Erotic print). Date: c.1830s. Size: 10 3/4" x 8 2/3" inches. Fine impression, color and very good condition. Very minor wear and soiling, marks and flaws.

A ronin (a lordless samurai) is making love to a peasant girl in a cabin while being watched by his colleagues. The young beauty who's laying on bales of cotton raises her right sleeve toward her mouth in a gesture of suppressed emotion.

From a book series by Kuniyoshi depicting an erotic parody on the Chushingura story.


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Shunga - Utagawa Kuniyoshi - Abortion - Lesbian Connotation - c.1830.

Shunga - Utagawa Kuniyoshi - Abortion - Lesbian Connotation - c.1830.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861). Shunga (Erotic print). Date: c.1830s. Size: 10 3/4" x 8 2/3" inches. Fine impression, color and very good condition. Very minor wear and soiling, marks and flaws.

A very unusual abortion scene with a young pregnant woman at the point of giving birth (the tiny forehead already coming out) holding on tightly to an occasional table while being supported by an old woman. Erotic signifiers enhance the scene for example in the visibilty of the aged woman's genitalia adding a lesbian undertone and the stream depicted on the folding screen in the background which evokes woman's sexuality.

From a book series by Kuniyoshi depicting an erotic parody on the Chushingura story.


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Shunga - Utagawa Kuniyoshi - Threesome Under Table - c.1830.

Shunga - Utagawa Kuniyoshi - Threesome Under Table - c.1830.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861). Shunga (Erotic print). Date: c.1830s. Size: 10 3/4" x 8 2/3" inches. Fine impression, color and very good condition. Very minor wear and soiling, marks and flaws.

The woman depicted on the left of the image lifts the table cover revealing to the viewer what is going underneath. The cosy atmosphere is emphasized by the snowy window-frame and objects outside.

From a book series by Kuniyoshi depicting an erotic parody on the Chushingura story.


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Shunga - Utagawa Kuniyoshi - Bathhouse Scene - Two Couples - c.1830.

Shunga - Utagawa Kuniyoshi - Bathhouse Scene - Two Couples - c.1830.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861). Shunga (Erotic print). Date: c.1830s. Size: 10 3/4" x 8 2/3" inches. Fine impression, color and very good condition. Very minor wear and soiling, marks and flaws.

Two couples making love in a bathhouse. The bathhouse setting often used in the fantasy of impromptu sex, a location which always implied the threat of being seen by others.

From a book series by Kuniyoshi depicting an erotic parody on the Chushingura story


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Shunga - Keisai Eisen - Couple Behind Mosquito Net - c.1820.

Shunga - Keisai Eisen - Couple Behind Mosquito Net - c.1820.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Keisai Eisen (1790-1848). Shunga (Erotic print). Date: c.1820s. 
Size: 8 2/3" x 10 1/2" inches. Fine impression, color and very good condition. Fine impression, color and very good condition. Backing and very minor soiling

A strikingly beautiful shunga design depicting a lovely couple having intercourse behind a mosquito-net which covers the whole image.


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Shunga - Utagawa Kunisada - Tobira-e - Close-Up Phallus - c.1825.

Shunga - Utagawa Kunisada - Tobira-e - Close-Up Phallus - c.1825.

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Description:

Antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865). Shunga (Erotic print). 
Date: Bunsei era, 8th Year (1825). Size: 8 3/4" x 6 1/10" inches. 
Series: 'Mitsugumi Sakazuki'. Fine impression, color and very good condition. 
A very tiny wormhole (left margin), very minor soiling, marks and flaws.

This great close-up portrayal of the phallus comes from the series Mitsugumi Sakazuki (sometimes also attributed to Toyokuni I) which tells the story of a 'Casanova'-like figure who eventually dies, due to his insatiable lust, while having sex with a large amount of women at the same time.


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Shunga - Utagawa Kunisada - Tobira-e - Close-Up Vagina - c.1825.

Shunga - Utagawa Kunisada - Tobira-e - Close-Up Vagina - c.1825.

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Description:

Antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865). Shunga (Erotic print). 
Date: Bunsei era, 8th Year (1825). Size: 8 3/4" x 6 1/10" inches. 
Series: 'Mitsugumi Sakazuki'. Fine impression, color and very good condition. 
A very tiny wormhole (right margin), very minor soiling, marks and flaws.

This great close-up portrayal of the vagina comes from the series Mitsugumi Sakazuki (sometimes also attributed to Toyokuni I) which which tells the story of a 'Casanova'-like figure who eventually dies, due to his insatiable lust, while having sex with a large amount of women at the same time.


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Meiji Shunga - Tomioka Eisen - Oiran And Young Client - c.1890.

Meiji Shunga - Tomioka Eisen - Oiran And Young Client - c.1890.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock attrib. to Tomioka Eisen (1864-1905). Shunga (Erotic print). 
Date: c.1890s. Size: 10 1/10" x 7 3/4" inches. Excellent impression, color and very good condition. 
Thin backing. Very small thinning spot, minor marks and flaws but overall in a magnificent state.

A high-class courtesan (an oiran), which is indicated by her several hair-pins, making love to a young customer who's wearing a purple kimono. Finely detailed impression with wonderful use of metallic pigments, gauffrage and lively colors. Striking in this well-known series is the enormous reproduction of the male genitalia and the depiction of the post-coital moment.


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Meiji Shunga - Tomioka Eisen - Old Aristocratic Man - c.1890.

Meiji Shunga - Tomioka Eisen - Old Aristocratic Man - c.1890.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock attrib. to Tomioka Eisen (1864-1905). Shunga (Erotic print). 
Date: c.1890s. Size: 10 1/10" x 7 3/4" inches. Excellent impression, color and very good condition. 
Thin backing. Very small thinning spot, minor soiling, marks and flaws but overall in a very good state.

An older aristocratic man is making love to his young lover. Finely detailed impression with wonderful use of metallic pigments, gauffrage and lively colors. Striking in this well-known series is the enormous reproduction of the male genitalia and the depiction of the post-coital moment.


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Meiji Shunga - Tomioka Eisen - Flower Hat - c.1890.

Meiji Shunga - Tomioka Eisen - Flower Hat - c.1890.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock attrib. to Tomioka Eisen (1864-1905). Shunga (Erotic print). 
Date: c.1890s. Size: 10 1/10" x 7 3/4" inches. Excellent impression, color and very good condition. 
Thin backing. Very small thinning spot, minor marks and flaws but overall in a magnificent state.

A man is making love to his wife who's sitting on top of him. She wears a specific hat that indicates she;s a member of the elite. Finely detailed impression with wonderful use of metallic pigments, gauffrage and lively colors. Striking in this well-known series is the enormous reproduction of the male genitalia and the depiction of the post-coital moment.


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Meiji Shunga - Tomioka Eisen - Scarred Man - c.1890.

Meiji Shunga - Tomioka Eisen - Scarred Man - c.1890.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock attrib. to Tomioka Eisen (1864-1905). Shunga (Erotic print). 
Date: c.1890s. Size: 10 1/10" x 7 3/4" inches. Excellent impression, color and very good condition. 
Thin backing. Very small thinning spot, minor marks and flaws but overall in a magnificent state.

A heavily scarred man is making love to his girl. Finely detailed impression with wonderful use of metallic pigments, gauffrage and lively colors. Striking in this well-known series is the enormous reproduction of the male genitalia and the depiction of the post-coital moment.


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Meiji Shunga - Tomioka Eisen - Rape - c.1890.

Meiji Shunga - Tomioka Eisen - Rape - c.1890.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock attrib. to Tomioka Eisen (1864-1905). Shunga (Erotic print). 
Date: c.1890s. Size: 10 1/10" x 7 3/4" inches. Excellent impression, color and very good condition. 
Thin backing. Very small thinning spot, minor marks and flaws but overall in a magnificent state.

An unshaven bandit is raping a young woman who has been tied down while her mouth is covered with a cloth. Finely detailed impression with wonderful use of metallic pigments, gauffrage and lively colors. Striking in this well-known series is the enormous reproduction of the male genitalia and the depiction of the post-coital moment.


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Meiji Shunga - Tomioka Eisen - Masturbating Woman - c.1890.

Meiji Shunga - Tomioka Eisen - Masturbating Woman - c.1890.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock attrib. to Tomioka Eisen (1864-1905). Shunga (Erotic print). 
Date: c.1890s. Size: 10 1/10" x 7 3/4" inches. Excellent impression, color and very good condition. 
Thin backing. Very small thinning spot, minor marks and flaws but overall in a magnificent state.

Very nice rendering of a secluded woman who had just experienced an orgasm while masturbating. The shunga book that served as inspiration still in her hand. Finely detailed impression with wonderful use of metallic pigments, gauffrage and lively colors. Striking in this well-known series is the enormous reproduction of the male genitalia and the depiction of the post-coital moment.


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Meiji Shunga - Tomioka Eisen - Aristocratic Couple - c.1890.

Meiji Shunga - Tomioka Eisen - Aristocratic Couple - c.1890.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock attrib. to Tomioka Eisen (1864-1905). Shunga (Erotic print). 
Date: c.1890s. Size: 10 1/10" x 7 3/4" inches. Excellent impression, color and very good condition. 
Thin backing. Very small thinning spot, minor marks and flaws but overall in a magnificent state.

An aristocratic couple (as indicated by the shaved eyebrows of the woman and the specific hat of the man!) making love. Finely detailed impression with wonderful use of metallic pigments, gauffrage and lively colors. Striking in this well-known series is the enormous reproduction of the male genitalia and the depiction of the post-coital moment.


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Meiji Shunga - Tomioka Eisen - Bold-Headed Monk - c.1890.

Meiji Shunga - Tomioka Eisen - Bold-Headed Monk - c.1890.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock attrib. to Tomioka Eisen (1864-1905). Shunga (Erotic print).
Date: c.1890s. Size: 10 1/10" x 7 3/4" inches. Excellent impression, color and very good condition.
Very small thinning spot, minor marks and flaws but overall in a magnificent state.

A monk is having intercourse with his secret lover. Finely detailed impression with wonderful use of metallic pigments, gauffrage and lively colors. Striking in this well-known series is the enormous reproduction of the male genitalia and the depiction of the post-coital moment.


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Meiji Shunga - Tomioka Eisen - Wet Fingers - c.1890.

Meiji Shunga - Tomioka Eisen - Wet Fingers - c.1890.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock attrib. to Tomioka Eisen (1864-1905). Shunga (Erotic print). 
Date: c.1890s. Size: 10 1/10" x 7 3/4" inches. Excellent impression, color and very good condition.
Very small thinning spot, minor marks and flaws but overall in a magnificent state.

A young man is wetting his fingers before pleasing his lover. Finely detailed impression with wonderful use of metallic pigments, gauffrage and lively colors. Striking in this well-known series is the enormous reproduction of the male genitalia and the depiction of the post-coital moment.


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Utagawa Kunisada - Bathhouse Scene - Lesbian - c.1820.

Utagawa Kunisada - Bathhouse Scene - Lesbian - c.1820.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock print by Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865). Shunga (Erotic picture). 
Date: late 1820s. Ohon size: 13 1/2" x 9 3/4" inches. Fine impression, color and very good condition. 
Series: 'Shunka shuto shiki no nagame' (Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter: Prospects for the Four Seasons). 
Thinly backed, some thinning spots below margins otherwise in a magnificent state.

A marvellous rare design and one of the best scenes from the 'Four Seasons' -series with a subtle lesbian connotation. 

A striking detail in this impression are the added shadow effects.

Reference: p.139 (Ill.139) in 'Shunga, the Erotic Art of Japan' by M. Fagioli.


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Rare Comic Shunga - Utagawa School - Unusual Lesbian Love - c.1850. 

Rare Comic Shunga - Utagawa School - Unusual Lesbian Love - c.1850. 

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa school. Shunga (Erotic print). Date: c.1850s. 
Koban size: 5" x 3 3/4" inches. Fine impression, color and very good condition. Minor marks and flaws. Nice use of Prussian blue on the kimono which colors red on the backside.

From a set of 12 eccentric koban designs this uncommon print portrays two fully naked aristocratic women (look for their very long hair!) hanging on to a stick which has two harigata's (dildo's) attached to it.

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Rare Comic Shunga - Utagawa School - Aristocratic Gay Activity - c.1850.

Rare Comic Shunga - Utagawa School - Aristocratic Gay Activity - c.1850.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa school. Shunga (Erotic print). Date: c.1850s. 
Koban size: 5" x 3 3/4" inches. Fine impression, color and very good condition. Minor marks and flaws.
Nice use of Prussian blue on the kimono in the back which colors red on the backside.

From a set of 12 eccentric koban designs this rare print features two fully naked aristocratic couples (look for the shaved eyebrows and the very long hair of the woman!) having intercourse. The tissues on the floor is an indication of their insatiable lust.


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Rare Shunga - Kyõsai - Homoerotic Couple - Festival Mask - c.1871.

Rare Shunga - Kyõsai - Homoerotic Couple - Festival Mask - c.1871.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Kawanabe Kyõsai (1831-1889). Shunga (Erotic print). 
Date: c.1871. Koban size: 5" x 3 2/3" inches. Fine impression, color and condition. 
Wonderful printed details such as metallic pigments and embossing.

A truly amazing surimono design by the shunga genius Kyosai. In the foreground a festival visitor (a huge festival mask still on his back!) is making love to his wife while being cheered on by an eccentric homo-erotic couple.

The eminent artist Kyõsai bridged the gap between the deaths of Hiroshige, Kuniyoshi and Kunisada and the appearance of Yoshitoshi, Kunichika and Kiyochika. During his youth (from the age of 7) Kyõsai was a student of Kuniyoshi for a short time, but his position as a Meiji print designer is often eclipsed by his activities as a painter. However, he was one of the few artists who designed shunga in the early years of Meiji.

His shunga are so exceptional that his work in the publication of the book 'Japanese Erotic Fantasies' has been dealt with separately by Kyõsai specialist Oikawa Shigeru.

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Very Rare Shunga Design - Utagawa School - Crazy Octopus & Ama Diver - c.1860.

Very Rare Shunga Design - Utagawa School - Crazy Octopus & Ama Diver - c.1860.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa school. Shunga (Erotic print). Date: c.1860s. 
Size: 8 3/4" x 6 1/2" inches. Very good impression, fine color and condition. No marks or flaws.

Hilarious design featuring a giant octopus satisfying an ama (abalone) diver while being observed in the background by another love couple.

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