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A Humorous Take on The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife

This koban-sized print is a humorous take on designs as that from Shigenobu’s The Dyer’s Saffron (c.1830) and off course Hokusai’s The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife (c.1814).

Mirror of Vanity

It shows an octopus wearing a headscarf performing oral sex on an ama diver who submits in apparent ecstasy. She is lying with her head on a grass skirt.  Besides them lies a oyster shucking knife and two opened oysters. The text on the black mirror in the upper left corner reads unubore kagami, or ‘mirror of vanity’.

Woman and octopus‘ (c.1830) by Utagawa school

Tremendous Lover

The humor lies in the fact that the octopus wears the headband of a commoner and he sees himself in the mirror, imaged as the tremendous lover that octopuses are purported to be.

The following painting influenced by Shigenobu’s The Dyer’s Saffron print is interesting as a comparison with the preceding image…

dream of the fisherman's wife: painting after Shigenobu

Late 19th century painting after Shigenobu’s classic design from his ‘Suetsumuhana (A Dyer’s Saffron)‘ (c.1830) depicting ‘a beach scene of two ama divers having a sexual rollick‘ (Price)

Click HERE for a similar scene with a sensuous octopus wearing a headband….!!

Do you have any suggestions for future articles? You can leave them in the comment box below…!! 

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Darya

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Darya

on 23 March 2020

Thank you, Marijn! Your articles are very entertaining! The human-like octopus wearing a headband is highly amusing!

Marijn

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Marijn

on 23 March 2020

Many thanks Darya, I am pleased you continue to enjoy our content!

Carmelo Militano

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Carmelo Militano

on 23 March 2020

Hi Marijin, I am a poet and writer and wrote the following based on one the latest Shunga posting: Sensual Dialogue Between a Young Couple and the Chrysanthemums ' You look so mysterious' 'You burn thick, thick yet soft,' she replies Behind him cranes lift and spread their wings Each stroke taking them farther Into the blue lit afternoon sky She opens to meet him as they cross the sun Watch white Chrysanthemums Gather light at the edge of her garden

Marijn

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Marijn

on 23 March 2020

Thanks a lot Carmelo....I love it! It's great to see how shunga art has inspired you. You know that a lot of texts in shunga designs are poems? If you get new inspiration in the future please don't hesitate to add it. It really is an enrichment!

Carmelo Militano

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Carmelo Militano

on 23 March 2020

Your welcome, Marjin. I really love much Shunga art & style; its embrace is vast & various, and always beautiful and sexy.

Marijn

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Marijn

on 23 March 2020

That's great Carmelo! Welcome to the club!

Guy

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Guy

on 23 March 2020

Thank you! I always look at your email messages and stories. Great finds! And great stories! These are strange time indeed... Patience... Guy

Marijn

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Marijn

on 23 March 2020

Thanks a lot Guy, I am pleased you enjoy our content! Yes, it's like we are all in some weird kind of movie. Patience is indeed the best mind set!

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