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Striking Close-Up Intercourse Designs in the Art of Shunga

Close up Penetration

A lot of the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century shunga books contain enlarged images of male and female genitals, occasionally while engaged in the sexual act. These kind of ‘close-up’ designs were intended to provide instruction about anatomy and how to give pleasure.

Different Shapes

These educational images are mostly found immediately following the other illustrations in shunga books. Such prints are modeled after older versions that were used to teach human anatomy, which showed different shapes of male and female organs.

Post-ejaculation scene by Hokusai

Post-ejaculation scene‘ (c.1814) from the series ‘Kinoe no komatsu (Languishing for Love aka Young Pine Saplings)‘ by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)

A lovely image from Hokusai’s most famous shunga work Kinoe no komatsu featuring a post-coital moment as emphasized by the tissue in the vagina and the shrunken penis.

close up intercourse scene by Kunisada

Intercourse close-up‘ (c.1837) from the series ‘Genji of the East, Charm of Flowers and Birds (Kachõ yojõ Azuma Genji)‘ by Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865)

This Kunisada design includes a “magnifying glass” cartouche that offers the viewer a detailed interior view of their love-making.

Ejaculating penis inside vagina by Keisai Eisen

Ejaculating penis inside vagina‘ from the series ‘Makura Bunko (The Pillow Library)‘, c.1822 by Keisai Eisen (1790-1848)

A meticulously detailed close-up design of a climactic moment during penetration. From Eisen’s famous ‘The Pillow Library’-series.

Genitals before penetration by Koikawa Shozan

Genitals before penetration‘ (c.1843) from the series ‘Haru no neya otogi-bunko‘ by Koikawa Shozan (1821-1907)

Pre-intercourse close up scene by Kuniyoshi

Pre-intercourse close up‘ (c.1837) from the series: ‘Shunshoku Irifune Cho’ by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797–1861)

close up intercourse scene with Mutual masturbation by Keisai Eisen

Mutual masturbation‘ (c.1820s) from the series ‘Masukagami (Clear Mirror)‘ by Keisai Eisen (1790-1848)

close up intercourse scene with male and female genitalia

Male and female genitalia‘ (c.1820s) by Keisai Eisen

close up intercourse scene with orgasmic moment

Orgasmic moment‘ (c.1825) from the series ‘Tama no utena‘ by Keisai Eisen (1790-1848)

close up intercourse scene Just before penetration

Just before penetration‘ (c.1825) from the series ‘Kon kurabe tama no ase‘ attributed to Utagawa Sadashige (aka. Utagawa Kuniteru, act. 1818-1860)

Close-up design of a copulating couple

Close-up design of a copulating couple.’ (c.1839) from the series ‘Shunjō nikubusuma’ by Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865)

Close up genitals by Keisai Eisen

Close up genitals‘ (c.1820) by Keisai Eisen (1790-1848)

Close-up with insert of ejaculating penis with cock ring inside vagina

Close-up with insert of ejaculating penis with cock ring inside vagina‘ (c.1830) attributed to Kunisada

Close-up with insert of ejaculating penis inside vagina

Close-up with insert of ejaculating penis inside vagina‘ (c.1830) attributed to Kunisada

Post-coital close-up by Kitagawa Utamaro

Post-coital close-up‘ (c.1803) from the series ‘Ehon warai jogo (The Laughing Drinker)‘ by Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806)

Close up of intimate couple from the back

Close up of intimate couple from the back‘ (c.1810s) from the series ‘Ehon koi no misao (Manipulations of Love, an elegant book‘ by Keisai Eisen (1790-1848)

Ejaculation during intercourse

Ejaculation during intercourse’ (c.1825) from the ‘Masukagami (Clear Mirror)’ series by Keisai Eisen.

Closeup intercourse with inserted image of the couple

Closeup intercourse with inserted image of the couple‘ (c.1890) attributed to Tomioka Eisen (1864-1905)

close up intercourse scene from the rear by Tomioka Eisen

From the rear‘ (c.1890s) attributed to Tomioka Eisen (1864-1905)

close up intercourse by Tomioka Eisen

Close up intercourse‘ (c.1890s) attributed to Tomioka Eisen (1864-1905)

intercourse close up by Eisen

Intercourse close-up‘ (c.1890s) attributed to Tomioka Eisen (1864-1905)

Double penetration using a dildo (harigata)

Double penetration using a dildo (harigata)‘ (c.1840) by Utagawa school

close up intercourse scene

Close up intercourse‘ (c.1845) by Utagawa school

Detail of a Meiji painting of an Intercourse close up

Detail of a Meiji painting ‘Intercourse close up

painting with a close up intercourse from the Meiji era

Painting with a ‘intercourse close-up‘ (Meiji era) by an unknown artist

two close up intercourse images

Scroll painting featuring ‘two close up intercourse images‘ (c.1910s) by an unknown Meiji artist

Plate with close-up intercourse scene and condoms by Masami Teraoka

Plate with close-up intercourse scene and condoms‘ (1987) from the ‘AIDS series Pillow Book‘ by Masami Teraoka

Surimono design portraying a close up shot from below of male and female genitalia

Surimono design portraying ‘close up shot from below of male and female genitalia‘ (c.1820s) attributed to Keisai Eisen

Unusual intercourse close up pose

Unusual intercourse close up pose‘ (c.1830) by Utagawa school

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Mathieu

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Mathieu

on 9 September 2018

superb

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on 10 September 2018

Thanks Mathieu!

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