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‘The Deflowering of a Regretful Lady’ By Shigenobu

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An elegant image depicting a young beauty biting a handkerchief, with an apparently abashed expression while rocking back and forth on top of the man who has deflowered her. At first sight the depiction seems to be a peaceful encounter between two lovers but the dialogue reveals something different: Woman: ‘You told me to come […]

Shigenobu’s Focus On the Female Genitalia

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A rendezvous between two quarelling lovers. It is close to the style of the Utagawa school, but not quite. The composition is explicitly designed to display the forcefully erect penis and the smallest details of the female genitalia. These details are reminiscent to the popular close-up scenes in shunga books (see Fig.3.). Click HERE for more striking shunga designs […]

Yanagawa Shigenobu – Bizarre Masterpiece With a “Southern Barbarian” Couple

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The final (the 12th) plate from Yanagawa Shigenobu (1787-1833)’s ‘Willow Storm‘-series (late 1820s) is an emulation of the trendy copper etchings of the time. It shows a scene from the boudoir of a “Southern Barbarian” (European). Unrivaled Not even the great Hokusai (1760-1849) ever created a print like this one. In fact, there is not […]

Shigenobu’s Shocking Gang Rape Scene With a Vigorous Victim

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The following forceful shunga design by Yanagawa Shigenobu (1787-1833) is the 10th plate from his masterpiece ‘Willow Storm‘ published in the late 1820s. Palanquin Bearers It exhibits a gang rape scene featuring a courageous female victim fighting off her attackers. The four involved men seem to be palanquin bearers. The man who puts his fingers into […]

Magnificent Fold Out Scene by Hokusai’s Son-In-Law

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From the mid-1820s some erotic books also included ‘trick pictures’ (shikake-e), a newness that was not limited to extravagant titles. These trick pictures took two forms. The first consisted of small printed paper flaps pasted onto the printed page to represent doors, screens and the like that, when folded back, revealed what lay behind or within. […]

14 Sensual Encounters Behind Mosquito-Netting Available in Our Gallery

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In the mise-en-scène of the shunga idiom the different seasons could be conveyed for instance by the snow in the background, seasonal clothing, popular festivals, specific flowers, an incense burner would indicate summer and a kotatsu (heated table) winter. Mosquito-netting Mosquito-netting emphasized the hottest days of summer. They were often ingeniously incorporated in the composition and were a […]

The Nanshoku Shunga of the Award Winning Scientist Brian Coppola

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The award winning* scientist Brian Coppola, probably one of our earliest clients, is mainly focused on collecting nanshoku (男色, gay related images within shunga). In the interview we had last week, he explains what intrigued him about this particular subject, cartoons, street art, his favorite pieces and artists, and the intersection of his profession and the […]

8 Sensational Ukiyo-e Images of Passionate Ama Divers

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Females and female beauty are among the most beloved subjects of art in general in history. This was also the case in Japan during the Edo period (1600-1868) and for the images from ‘the floating world’ as displayed in their ukiyo-e art. Bare Upper Bodies A favorite sub-genre within the female subject, for Japanese artists […]

Colorful Shunga Designs with Tattooed Ruffians and Brigands

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Depictions with tattoos in ukiyo-e shunga appear since the mid-eighteenth century but not in earlier hand-painted works. The men wearing tattoos represented the underworld of criminal gangs (yakuza) and highway brigands. Bad Nature Every now and then, men with tattoos of dragons, gods or symbols of their bad nature (such as skeletons or dice) are portrayed having peaceful intercourse with their […]

The Masterful Portrayal of a Submissive Prostitute Riding on Top

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Japanese shunga image of most probably a craftsman with his new wife riding on top of him. The woman, however, appears formerly to have been a lowly prostitute in an unlicensed pleasure district. This is among the finest prints in the ‘Willow Storm‘ series, with the woman on top dressed after the fashion of the […]

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