Sensual Fantasies with Orgies, Sex-Starved Women and Aroused Giants
20 July 2017 

Sensual Fantasies with Orgies, Sex-Starved Women and Aroused Giants

Besides the stories of simple love and passion in daily life, shunga prints also portray a fantasy world. Among these a lot of them are orgies (Fig.1.). The numbers of men and women in such events are frequently alike, yet there are also designs of one man with multiple woman. Sometimes with the use of a harigata (dildo). (Fig.2).

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Fig.1. ‘Orgy with five couples‘ (c.1823) from the series ‘Makuro Bunko (literally: Pillow Collection)‘ by Keisai Eisen

Gang Rape

It is unusual to see one women two or multiple men. Exceptions are the scenes of gang rape (Fig.3), or scenes with various men standing in line, waiting on their turn.

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Fig.2. ‘Orgy with man making love to nine women‘ (c.1840) from the series ’Watching Colored Leaves‘ by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)

Share Sex

The latter is scarce perhaps because most shunga artists and their clients were men, and their fantasies would not include having to share sex with others. Another reason could also be that a woman who made love to multiple men would not be considered desirable by male viewers.

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Fig.3. ‘Gang rape‘(c.1834) from the series ‘Shinsetsu iro no nakidame‘ attrib. to Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)

Island of Sex-Starved Women

In some designs male fantasies include an island inhabited by sex-starved women (Fig.4.). Women are occasionaly depicted while fantasizing during their dreams such as a vision of a huge penis descending from the sky (Fig.5.), or masturbating while reading a shunga book.

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Fig.4. ‘Sex Starved Females On The Rocks‘ (c.1830) from the series ‘Koi no minato nyogo no shima da‘ by Utagawa Kuniyasu (1794-1832)

Both Sexes

Sometimes the female’s partner lies next to her, noticing her fantasy and lust. Also designs showing both sexes fantasizing about the sexual organs of the opposite sex.

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Fig.5. ‘Erotic dream‘ by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)

Pornography

Although in some cultures such images could be considered pornography, it could be argued that these were intended simply to show how common and widespread human fantasies are, making the viewer feel comfortable in the knowledge that he or she is not alone in having such thoughts.

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Fig.6. ‘Giant devil woman and sorcerer.’ (c.1828) from the series ‘Gazu gyokusõ-dan‘ by Keisai Eisen

Devil Woman

Some of the fantasies are grimmer, like evil spirits trying to upset a couple having sex or featuring a giant devil woman (Fig.6.). But generally the designs are either amusing or pictures based on ancient Japanese myths.

The latter include bizarre countries inhabited by colossal sex-crazed people (Fig.7.) and tiny people interacting with sexual organs (Fig.8.) or examining their sexual behavior.

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Fig.7. ‘Giant woman with harigata and little people‘ (c.1838) from the series ‘Sono-omo kage‘-series’ attrib. to Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)

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Fig.8. ‘Beanman and Beanwoman exploring Genital Mountains‘ (c.1827) from the series ‘New Tale of the Welling Waters (Sentõ shinwa)‘ by Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865)

Fig.9. ‘Foursome‘ attrib. to Keisai Eisen (1790-1848)

Fig.10. ‘Giant woman with harigata and little people‘ (c.1838) from the series ‘Sono-omo kage‘-series’ attrib. to Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) (Source: ‘Shunga. Explicit art of Japan‘, 2016. Authors: A. E. Pushakova, K. G. Danelya)

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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.
Darya
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Darya

on 18 March 2020

Thank you for the set! As for fig. 5, I've seen a piece with a bald man dreaming of female genitalia. It was attributed to Hokusai. Maybe you're familiar with this design. I've also seen one more piece with a lying giant woman, attributed to Utagawa school.

Marijn
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Marijn

on 18 March 2020

Thanks Darya. Yes, if I remember correctly it is from the same series. If you can send me images of them I might be able to tell you more!

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