The Adonis Plant
“…Here we find yet another passionate matron – widow or unfaithful wife – swooning under the embraces of her mature lover. The conversation – presumably by Hokusai himself – is again not very edifying, consisting of the female’s directions to her lover regarding the proper placement and the manipulation of his ample phallus.
A rather similar composition will be found in an earlier Hokusai illustration, from Kinoe no komatsu (Fig.4.), but again the composition is a loose one, overly dominated by the baggage and parasol at rear. One might note here the differing psychological effect, depending on whether the lover has actually made entry or not: often it is the latter depiction that is the more sexually stimulating – expectation being, so to speak, a stronger emotion than fulfillment.”*
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*Citation from The Complete Ukiyo-e Shunga (Vol.23) by Richard Lane
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