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Hans Bellmer and His Dark Surreal Dollhouse

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Both in Western and Eastern cultures, dolls are an important element of human life as we consider ourselves to be ‘homines ludentes’ (lit. Man the Player). In Japanese tradition, we can find a term iki ningyo or ‘living dolls’ (Fig.1) which was used since the early years of the Meiji period (1868-1912) to mean life-sized, […]

A Humorous Take on The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife

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This koban-sized print is a humorous take on designs as that from Shigenobu’s The Dyer’s Saffron (c.1830) and off course Hokusai’s The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife (c.1814). Mirror of Vanity It shows an octopus wearing a headscarf performing oral sex on an ama diver who submits in apparent ecstasy. She is lying with her head […]

How the Ukiyo-e Master Utamaro Sets Us on the Wrong Foot

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A man sucks at his lover’s nipple. They are making love in a seated position in an ordinary room in a townsman’s house. At first sight, when we observe their simple cotton bathrobes they wear, it seems an uninhibited scene of sexual intercourse between husband and wife after a bath. Yet, the dialogue tells us […]

If Takeuchi Seiho Had Produced Shunga They Would Have Looked Like This

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Today we’ll examine a Japanese erotic scroll that consists of 5 hand paintings on silk. It was created during the Meiji era and displays an outstanding artistic quality. As shunga were seen as pornography and therefore strictly prohibited in this era (and after) they are not signed. Calves and Knuckles What immediately stands out is […]

New Free eBook ‘The 25 Most Important Classical Shunga Artists (Vol.2)’

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We would like to start the new year with another gift to thank you for your involvement with ShungaGallery in the last year. Therefore we want to offer you the first chance to obtain our new eBook, a follow-up to the eBook we issued in December 2019 called ‘The 25 Most Important Classical Shunga Artists‘. Most […]

Yakumo no chigiri: One of the Last Great Examples of the Shunga Genre

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‘Yakumo no chigiri (Pledge of Yakumo)‘ by Tomioka Eisen (1864-1905) extended the tradition of the luxurious shunga album and is widely acknowledged as the last great example of the genre. Probably published at the New Year of 1896 by the publisher Waka Tokutarō as a present to his colleagues, it utilizes outstanding draftsmanship and printing. Hair […]

Insane Erotic Bacchanal Depicting Gay and Straight Buddhist Monks

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We recently obtained this long (more than 13,75 ft) Meiji hand-scroll with a continuous polychrome erotic painting attributed to Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889)*. It depicts an extensive orgy scene with numerous participants in a crazy erotic bacchanal. Homosexual Adult Men In the portrayal of homosexual relations, scenes between adult men and young boys are common. This […]

Suehiro Maruo: Freaks, Ocular Fixation and the Erotic Grotesque

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Suehiro Maruo (1956) is one of the most important representatives of the Ero Guro movement. Ero what? Well, it is a rebellious artistic genre that mixes erotica with components of the macabre and grotesque. Hence, it’s other name ‘Erotico-grotesque’. It spans a variety of art forms including literature, movies and painting, often referring to stories that […]

Unusual Complete Shikake-e Set with Unique 3D Effect

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Today we’ll take a look at an extraordinary complete set from my own collection that consists of 12 shikake-e (trick picture) prints and was issued in the Meiji era (c.1890s). Each piece offers a unique 3D (floating) effect because the figures, and/or some of the objects in the images are added separately. Because of this, […]

Tentacle Erotica: Prepare For Some Notoriously Graphic Octopus Images..!

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In addition to one of our most read articles about the influence of Hokusai’s iconic The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife on a whole new genre called Tentacle Erotica (shokushu goukan 触手強姦, aka. Tentacle Rape, Tentacle Hentai or Tentacle Porn) we have included more exciting examples below (Beware: some of these images are very graphic!). […]

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