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The Secret Adventures of Sing-Song Girls in Ancient Chinese Brothels

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The ‘sing-song’ girls (also known as flower girls) was the nickname invented by western observers* for female prostitutes in nineteenth century China. Like Japanese geisha, they were trained from childhood to animate rich male clients through companionship, singing and dancing in exclusive sing-song houses. Not all performed sexual services, but most of them did. They considered themselves […]

Unique Chinese Erotic Tile From the 19th Century Depicting Sensual Coitus

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The following Chinese hand painted tile with an erotic interior scene of a young Chinese male and female engaged in coitus is new in our collection. Self-Assured On the painting a young servant boy, wearing the traditional Chinese queue hairstyle, is making love to a self-assured courtesan sitting on the bed. She has her arm […]

Chinese Erotic Art: Shanghai Decadence in the 1920s

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The whirlpool of activity in Shanghai during the 1920s and 1930s was unmatched in the Far East. In the booming port city, there was a mixture of the decadence of old China and the crudeness of the new culture. The erotic scroll paintings below were made at that time. They are representative of a genre […]

Outrageous Masterpiece Portraying a Crazy Chinese Couple

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This is the penultimate, eleventh shunga design of the ‘Willow Storm‘ -series that depicts an outrageous Chinese couple involved in a bizarre “vaginal fluid extraction” ritual. Yanagawa Shigenobu (1787-1833) added funny details like the mustache shaped pubic hair above the woman’s vagina. The oxidation effects throughout the whole design are truly magnificent ! Truly Extreme Ukiyo-e […]

Rare Chinese Erotic Paintings With Bestiality Secrets

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A special set of Chinese erotic paintings from the 1920s with portrayals of mainly females and their intimate encounters with animals. The circular frames give a voyeuristic impression. In Japanese shunga images of bestiality (sexual acts between animals and humans) is rather rare but it is a very rare occasion to come across this theme within […]

An Impression of The Fantastic Chinese Erotic Art Collection of Ferdinand Bertholet

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I found this rather shaky video impression of the German exhibition on Chinese erotic art (2011) in Berlin. The show was drawn from the impressive collection of the Dutch art collector Ferdinand Bertholet. It was called Gardens of Pleasure: Sex In Ancient China (Der chinesische Lustgarten). The collection of Ferdinand Bertholet has been displayed and described […]

The 12 Most Popular Blog Posts of the Year 2019

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As usual we close the year with a top 12 of the most viewed articles on our site in 2019. Only six of last year’s top 12 remained and there are some surprising shifts again. The content concerning close up genitalia continues to be popular, just like the posts on Chinese erotica and modern shunga. Engagement […]

Yakumo no chigiri: One of the Last Great Examples of the Shunga Genre

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‘Yakumo no chigiri (Pledge of Yakumo)‘ by Tomioka Eisen (1864-1905) extended the tradition of the luxurious shunga album and is widely acknowledged as the last great example of the genre. Probably published at the New Year of 1896 by the publisher Waka Tokutarō as a present to his colleagues, it utilizes outstanding draftsmanship and printing. Hair […]

The Hostile Dogs of Kitagawa Utamaro II and His Teacher Utamaro

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In the early stages of the training to become an independent ukiyo-e artist or at least climb up the hierarchy*, the student followed the style of his mentor closely**. A striking example of the transition from copying to integrating one’s own ideas is pictured below. Directness The first print was produced by Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) and […]

Lotus Shoes: The Cruel Aphrodisiac of Ancient China

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Chinese lotus shoes have in large part determined the Chinese sexual perception for nearly a thousand years (c.960-1911). The female foot bound up to be as small as possible, with the pointed shape of an unopened lotus flower. Crowning Point The tiny feet of a woman were considered to be the most intimate part of […]

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