Koryusai's Sensual Erotic World In Koban Shunga (P1)
27 september 2017 
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Koryusai's Sensual Erotic World In Koban Shunga (P1)

Probably the most undervalued ukiyo-e master and most prolific artist of his time, Isoda Koryusai (1735-1790) excelled in hashira-e (pillar print) and shunga. As expected, in the beginning his work was very reminiscent to that of his mentor Suzuki Harunobu (1724-1770) but after the death of the latter Koryusai developed his own style.

More Realistic

This is especially evident in his depiction of the female figure. They differed from the fragile figures by Harunobu, becoming more mature and robust and dressed in to the most gorgeous and latest fashions. Koryusai’s figures are also more realistic than those of his teacher and friend. He also preferred strong, vivid colors. Orange was his favorite.

The following Koryusai shunga are the koban (small-sized) format and were issued in the early 1770s…

koryusai shunga

Taking a break’ (c.1770s)


During the intermezzo of their intimate encounter, a man is drinking his sake while his female partner encourages him impatiently for another bout.

koryusai shunga

Foreplay‘ (c.1770s)

A woman is pleasuring her male partner by stroking his penis.

koryusai shunga

Preparing for intercourse‘ (c.1770s)


A woman is lying against the windowsill and wetting he fingers while her male lover is also preparing for intercourse

koryusai shunga

Courtesan and client‘ (c.1770s)

Pulling Up

A man is pulling up the kimono of his female lover to get better access for penetration.

koryusai shunga

Intimate couple‘ (c.1770s)

During their love-making the male lover is stroking the woman’s arm. Her face is turned away from us the onlooker.

Click HERE for Part 2 with more Koryusai shunga in the koban format!

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Marijn is the founder of shungagallery.com. With more than 20 years of experience within the sensual and erotic art of shunga he is an authority in the genre. During this time he served many customers with complementing their art collection.
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