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The Sensual Dialogue Between a Young Couple and the Chrysanthemums

Many couples in shunga select “dangerous” places for their secret rendez-vous, and are anxious of being caught. The veranda which wrapped around traditional architecture is one such locale. The energetic thrust of the young man’s love-making here pushes the woman back into the room, and she braces herself on the door.

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Couple on the veranda‘ (c.1774-75) from the series ‘Sensual Colors, Phoenix Free in a Field’ aka ‘Sensual Colours, A Phoenix Released in the Field‘ by Isoda Koryusai (Image British Museum)

Surging Waves

The surging waves on the screen painting echo the powerful sensations. Also there seems to be a sensual “dialogue” between the merging bodies and the overhanging chrysanthemums on the right.

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Couple behind screen‘ (c.1777) ‘from the series ‘Shikido torikumi juniban (Twelve Bouts in the Way of Love)

Click HERE for another lovely piece from this series by Koryusai involving a peeking infant…!!!

Source: ‘Shunga, Erotic Art in Japan‘ by Rosina Buckland

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