Complete Meiji Shunga Art Set Including Storage Folder
We have added a rare complete koban-sized set of shunga prints to our gallery. The storage folder shows an innocent image with two young girls (probably geisha trainee aka. kamuro) reading instructions in shunga books. The 12 subsequent images reflect the world they will eventually enter.
The small prints are luxuriously printed with mica (pearl powder), silver and gold pigments and embossing. With the inevitable “Meiji red” pigment, and the women depicted in a somewhat whiter skin color as their male counterparts.
Storage folder depicting ‘Two kamuro reading instructions in shunga books‘ (c.1880-1900) by an unknown Meiji master
‘A geisha leaning with her back to her musical instruments is holding on to her client’s obi (sash).’
‘A nude male just ejaculated. His bodily fluids flow past her buttocks.‘
‘An oiran (high-class courtesan) and her client are buried under the richly-decorated blankets.’
‘A male servant and his lover make love in the open-air underneath a tree. They use the blue parasol to hide their intimacies.‘
‘An intimate couple in a straight-forward pose embracing each other tightly, and kissing with their eyes closed emphasize their true love.’
‘A young male has moved his hand between the legs of his female partner and is now caressing her private parts. ‘
‘The male lover takes the initiative and moves the body of his lover into a position so that he can penetrate her more easily.’
‘A woman clings to the window frame while she is taken from the rear. In the background departing boats.’